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Are You Stressed Out? It Might Be Impacting Your Child's Oral Health

November 18, 2017
Posted By: Mary O. Flynn, DDS
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Raising children in this day and age can be stressful! With so many things to manage such as homework, school events, and extracurricular activities, parents are often left feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Most parents place their child's health as a top priority, but let's face it, when daily life becomes too demanding it's easy to overlook things such as oral health and proper oral hygiene. When regular brushing and flossing are not emphasized, it may fall by the wayside, which negatively impacts your child's oral health. Your family dentist in Edina has some tips for making oral health a priority.

Start at a Young Age

When you start building good brushing and flossing habits with your child at a young age, it sets the foundation for good habits in the future. You should begin brushing your child's teeth with a soft bristled brush as soon as they arrive, and you'll need to assist them in brushing their teeth until the age of 3 or 4 years old, and then supervise brushing until ages 7 or 8.

Lead By Example

Let your child see you brushing your teeth, or you can even brush along with them. When they see you setting the example by brushing and flossing their own teeth, they will understand the importance of good oral hygiene, and they will want to follow suit.

Make Brushing Fun

When your child enjoys the process of brushing and flossing, they will want to do it even when they are tired. Let them choose fun toothbrushes with their favorite characters and toothpaste with tasty flavors. You can also make brushing exciting with incentive charts to celebrate consistent brushing each week. By getting creative and keeping it upbeat, your child will be more motivated to brush and floss regularly.

Contact Our Edina MN Dental Clinic

Regular checkups with your family dentist in Edina will also help keep you and your child on track. Give 50th and France Dental Care a call today to schedule your next appointment!


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