At Dental Care of Morristown, we understand the importance of the family dental care. The dental health of the entire family is so important. Adults, teenagers, and children all have different needs, and we work hard to ensure that each member of the family has everything they need taken care of. Adults tend to be more focused on what technology is used, the reputation of a dentist, and the cost involved, while children are more focused on being comfortable and respected.
Teaching children from a young age how to properly take care of their smile is crucial. Our team is committed to educating children about oral hygiene to start them on the right path. Early education is vital to teach children the importance of being cavity-free.
Daily brushing can start around the time the first tooth comes in. Once the child is old enough to not swallow the toothpaste, that can be incorporated. By 4 or 5, children should be able to brush their teeth twice a day while supervised. Around seven years old is when the supervision can ease off.
Flossing should be introduced when a child has two teeth next to each other that touch. Flossing can be trickier for a child to pick up due to the dexterity necessary, so parents will want to help out, especially with the harder to reach back teeth.
Like anything, it will take time and practice to instill these behaviors in children. Visiting the dentist from an early age can also help encourage your children to stick to these practices.
Dentistry is a proven way to help enhance people’s lives, and it’s a privilege for me to positively affect the health of so many families in my community. Modern dental care provides a wealth of benefits, and it is my goal to give my patients the oral health & beautiful smiles they deserve.