It’s never too early to start teaching your children good oral hygiene habits.
If you are looking for a dentist in Prior Lake, MN who can help you start building good oral habits early, consider contacting Babcock & Morgan Family Dental. The dentists of Babcock & Morgan Family Dental are friendly, caring, knowledgeable and more than willing to help augment and reinforce those good oral habits for your children to start at home.
In fact, the staff at Babcock & Morgan Family Dental will tell you the American Dental Association not only advises parents to teach children the importance of oral hygiene and health at an early age, but also offers sound advice and helpful tips on when to do it.
For example, did you know you can actually start oral hygiene before your child actually has teeth? The ADA suggests that after each feeding, the parents should clean the baby’s gums with a clean wet washcloth. When teeth start to appear, you should brush them with a child’s toothbrush and water – no toothpaste. You can start flossing when two teeth begin to touch.
The ADA recommends parents start using a small amount of toothpaste on the child’s toothbrush at age two; they should also floss their child’s teeth daily.
How soon can you take your child to your Prior Lake dentist? The ADA recommends starting dental visits by your child’s first birthday.
For older children, the ADA recommends parents brush a child’s teeth until they are six to seven years old. By that time, the child should be able to brush his or her own teeth, although they may need parental supervision until they are about ten years old. Parents should also assist and supervise flossing.
Regular dental visits are strongly recommended throughout every year. The ADA recommends seeing your Prior Lake dentist three times a year. It is also strongly suggested that you ask your Prior Lake dentist about dental sealants, which are protective plastic coating the dentist will apply to your child’s teeth, especially difficult to reach areas such as the surfaces of back teeth.
Each age group should use appropriate toothbrushes and toothpaste. Your Prior Lake dentists Dr. Michael Babcock and Dr. Tom Morgan will most likely recommend oral hygiene products that carry the ADA seal of approval.
Remember, it’s never too early to start building good oral hygiene habits. For more information call Babcock & Morgan Family Dental clinic at 952-447-4611.