Oral hygiene is something that we factor into our schedule on a daily basis — for most of us, at least twice a day. As a parent, you may be wondering what the right age to introduce oral hygiene and dental care to your child may be and how to do so. In today’s blog, the dental team at Selah Creek Dental is going to talk a little bit more about the right age to introduce dental care and a few fun and unique ways that you can practice it with them at home. 

When to Introduce Dental Care

As we mentioned earlier, oral hygiene is something that we practice on a daily basis, so, it only makes sense that we introduce this skill to children early on in life. With that in mind, you want to make sure that your child is old enough to grasp the lessons that you’re teaching them, so you don’t want to introduce oral hygiene too early. We suggest starting when your child’s teeth start to pop through, even if it’s just getting them familiar with the feeling of a toothbrush on their gums. 

Even though your little one may not be old enough to fully grasp the idea of brushing their teeth, they should still visit a family dentist. A visit to the dentist will provide you with some insight on if your child’s teeth are coming in straight, at the right time, or if there are any dental health issues that they see signs of. 

As your child gets older, you can start to practice different types of oral hygiene with them so that they can get accustomed to making this a part of their day. Some of our favorite ways to practice oral hygiene with kids are listed below.

Ways to Teach Oral Hygiene

Practice makes perfect, right? In order for your kids to really understand how to care for their teeth, they need some time to practice. Here are a few of our favorite ways to teach kids how to care for their pearly whites. 

Practice Brushing

Standing in front of the mirror and brushing your teeth with your kiddo is a great way to introduce them to this form of oral hygiene. As you’ve likely come to realize by now, your children are going to pick up on what you do and want to do it too. Get on their level and show them how to brush the teeth in the back, the fronts, and the backs. After a while, they’ll know which teeth they need to hit without you saying a word.

Bring Out the Floss

Flossing is incredibly beneficial for oral hygiene, but it’s often left out of the standard routine. The sooner that you get your child in the habit of taking care of their teeth by brushing and flossing, the sooner they’ll create the routine in their mind and make it a regular part of their day. The same way that you practice brushing, spend some time with your little one flossing. Slow down and get down in the gums. As they floss, explain to them that food can get stuck in places that our toothbrushes can’t reach, which is when floss comes in to save the day. 

Schedule an Appointment Today

The team at Selah Creek Dental is dedicated to providing our patients with the very best family dental care by giving them the information and resources that they need to prioritize their dental health. If your child’s teeth are starting to push through their gums, they’re old enough to visit a dentist. Reach out to our team and we would be more than happy to get an appointment scheduled for you.