About Children’s Oral Care
At Simcoe Kids Dental, we recognize that getting your kids to do their daily oral care routine – brush, rinse, spit, floss, rinse, spit, mouthwash… and repeat! – can be a battle. (Hands up who’s had an epic tooth-brushing-related battle with their toddler in the last week alone? Yep, us too.) But lifelong great teeth do start at home.
Teaching your child proper oral hygiene habits from a really young age makes all the difference, to both their dental health and, in fact, overall health. It’s important to remember that the mouth is the entry point to the body’s digestive and respiratory tracts. It’s also a veritable breeding ground for bacteria. By keeping the mouth clean and free of the bad stuff, you can prevent not only oral infections, tooth decay, and gum disease, but a host of other health issues down the road.
Never fear, though, you are not alone in your battle royal for better tooth care! At Simcoe Kids Dental, we want your kids to have lifelong great teeth, which is why we prioritize helping with proper children’s oral care. Not only do we do everything in our power to encourage regular dental visits – happy visits mean repeat customers! We will also do everything we can to make regular brushing and flossing fangtastically fun!
Good dental hygiene and oral care begins almost as soon as your baby makes his or her entry into the world! Here is our breakdown of excellent oral care through the ages, to ensure great teeth for life.
AGE 4-24 MONTHS
Start as you mean to go on! Before that first tooth pops, clean your baby’s mouth and gums with a damp washcloth after all feedings. And once that first tooth makes its grand appearance? Start brushing! No really. Use a soft-bristled kid’s toothbrush and a small amount of non-fluoride toothpaste. Also, book your first dental appointment within six months of the first tooth, or by their first birthday (as recommended by the Canadian Dental Association CDA). This will set your child up to be comfortable at the dentist and to understand the importance of looking after their teeth. Regular six-month checkups are recommended thereafter… for life!
AGE 2-4 YEARS
You can now switch to fluoride toothpaste and also make the switch to them brushing their teeth on their own (but make sure you supervise and assist to ensure the job is properly done!) Now is also time to focus on fang fun: turn the morning and evening oral care routine into a family affair; let them pick out their own toothbrush; and why not sing a little song and do a little dance that lasts two minutes at least (the minimum amount of time brushing should go on for). Keep up with your regular dentist visits.
AGE 5-7 YEARS
By now, the morning and nighttime oral care routine should be firmly entrenched. You should also still be supervising, but make sure your kids know to get those chompers cleaned, properly, even if you aren’t around. This is really important because now is when permanent adult teeth really start showing themselves. They won’t stay permanent though if the level of oral care isn’t up to scratch! And those regular dentist visits are more important than ever.
AGE 8+ YEARS
You shouldn’t have to nag or supervise your kids’ oral care routines too much at this stage, but do check in once in a while to make sure the brushing and flossing aren’t being rushed or sidelined! And don’t let the jam-packed life of an active kid or teenager let you forget about those 6-month dental checkups!
The Simcoe Kids Dental Difference
Our pediatric dentist and caring staff will do everything possible to make every visit to our clinic a happy one. This means your child will have a positive association with us, and dental care in general, which gives them a much greater chance of great teeth for life.
We are also happy to help you with children’s oral care tips (and advice for the entire family) – no judgement or lecturing, we promise! Ask Dr. Noah and our oral care team for a master class on how to properly brush and floss your child’s teeth – you’d be amazed at how much you’ve actually forgotten – as well as any other healthy-teeth tips and tricks we may have up our sleeves.
Focusing on proper oral hygiene at home, regular dental visits, and tips on how to make oral care less of a chore, working together we can ensure lifelong fangtastic oral health.