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Children's Dentists and Parents' Role In Instilling Good Oral Hygiene Habits In Children.

As parents we get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle and we can sometimes overlook our children's dental health.

It is our responsibility to educate and instill healthy habits in our kids. Parents need to set an example by practicing good dental hygiene themselves. Remember: your child is always watching you.

The parents need to initiate the first steps in helping their child establish a lifetime of healthy dental habits. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits needs to start early on in a child's life and continue until the child has developed healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Parents should let their kids see them brushing and flossing daily and make it a fun practice to do together.

Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes is a sure way to keep your children's teeth healthy. There are many different toothpaste flavors and colors to choose from. Always make sure that the toothpaste contains fluoride. Parents must brush the teeth of children at a very young age.

When kids get to the age (over the age of 8) when they can start flossing, you can encourage them to floss with a floss flavor they enjoy.

Using a chart that lets your kids check off their completed day-to-day dental routines goes a long way with kids, especially when they are at an age where seeing daily accomplishments will help motivate them to keep brushing.It's always important to praise children for good oral hygiene habits. This will boost their self esteem and confidence while maintaining good oral hygiene habits.

Cavities are the single most common chronic childhood disease.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, cavities (tooth decay) affect 25%  of U.S. children between the age of two and five.

If your child eats a lot of foods with a high sugar content, then he or she might be at risk for cavities. It's always best to avoid having your child eat sugary snacks, candy and  sweetened foods and drinks.

Thumb sucking over the age of five should not be encouraged by parents.

Your child's dentist can guide and inform you about diet, dental hygiene and tooth brushing . It's recommended that we all visit a dentist at least twice a year. This is especially important with young children not only does it establish the habit of seeing a dentist regularly for dental check-ups, but it also will assist your child in becoming comfortable with his or her dentist. The checkup should also involve a dental cleaning (removal of plaque from teeth) which will help prevent problems such as gum disease, cavities and infections.

Children dentists specialize in treating children's oral health.

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