For Blame or for Praise—Parents’ Influence on Kids’ Dental Hygiene

mother teaching daughter to brush her teethMany people may not remember being taught how to brush and floss and their teeth every day, but hopefully you’ve continued to do so throughout your life. If you have children, chances are that you’ll teach them the basics of good dental hygiene, as well, and when they’re grown and have children of their own, they will do the same. We may not always take the time to consider the importance of this tradition. Besides, after a lifetime of repeating the same routine every day, twice a day, you may go through the motions without fully realizing it. Dedicated San Jose family dentist, Dr. Randall LaFrom, discusses how a parent’s influence during a child’s early years can help or harm that child’s dental health for years to come.

Your Child’s First Teacher

You should not wait until your child is old enough to hold a toothbrush before teaching him/her how to use it. As the parent, you are responsible for caring for your child’s dental health during their first years. Even before the first tooth erupts, we recommend that you wipe your child’s gums with a moist, clean rag after feedings and before bedtime. This will help keep your child’s mouth clean and free of bacteria, as the routine will allow your child to grow accustomed to dental cleaning. When the first tooth appears, brush it with a soft-bristled infant tooth brush and water (no toothpaste until the child is old enough not to swallow it). By the time your child is old enough to brush alone, he/she will have already developed the habit of brushing and flossing every day. Monitor their routine, or check their teeth after they’ve finished, ensuring that they continue to practice the routine properly. As your child’s first teacher during these early years, you can help prepare your child for a lifetime of bright and healthy smiles.

Excellent Family Dentistry in San Jose

To learn more about proper dental hygiene for you and your children, schedule a dental consultation with Dr. LaFrom at our Silicon Valley dentist office by calling (408) 996-8595. We proudly serve patients from Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and the surrounding communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on February 1, 2013.

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