Are you Teaching your Kids to Brush the Wrong Way?

Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA

Brush your teeth twice a day is something that most everyone has heard or been told. And, if you have kids, you probably preach this same message to them. But, could you be misinforming your child by teaching them to brush incorrectly? Many adults and children alike aren’t brushing the right way, which means that their oral health is at risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Find out if you’re teaching your kids to brush the wrong way and what to do if you are.

Setting a Bad Example

are you teaching child to brush wrong

Kids learn from watching others. Brushing their teeth is no exception to this fact. Your children probably notice if, when, and how long you brush your teeth and rest assured, they are going to copy your oral hygiene habits. Ensure you are following the recommendations of brushing your teeth at least twice per day for two minutes each time. Also, hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle brushing in a circular motion across the front surfaces of your teeth, and the side where your tongue rests. Brush the chewing surface using a back and forth motion. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, which harbors food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath.

Not Following the Doctor’s Orders

Everyone should receive dental checkups twice a year, even children. In fact, your child should receive his or her first dental visit when their first tooth erupts or by the time they reach their first birthday. During your child’s checkups with our Poway pediatric dentist, Dr. Nicol Cook, we document any oral health changes, provide advice on oral care, and recommend additional treatments that will safeguard your child’s oral health. We encourage parents to follow Dr. Cook’s recommendations, as we have your child’s best oral health interests in mind.

Failing to Assist Your Child with Brushing

Parents of little ones often long for the time in life when their children become less dependent and can perform daily tasks, such as brushing their teeth, on their own. But, most children do not possess the cognitive ability to brush their teeth thoroughly until they are at least eight years of age. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s teeth brushing habits or do a final check after the child brushes.

Ways to Protect Your Child’s Oral Health

Dr. Cook also offers additional services for children to protect their teeth against the threat of cavities. Sealants are a type of plastic coating that is placed into the grooves on the chewing surface of the back teeth. Usually placed when your child’s adult molars erupt, sealants decrease your child’s risk of tooth decay in these particular teeth, which tend to be the most difficult to keep clean. Also, fluoride treatments help remineralize dental enamel, making teeth less susceptible to tooth decay. Many dental insurance benefits may cover a portion or all of these treatments, so ask Dr. Cook which preventive care treatment is best for your child.

At Smiles by Dr. Cook, we value healthy smiles, especially for children. Start your child on the journey to exceptional oral health by teaching them good oral hygiene habits early on. It’s never too late to start! To find out more or to schedule an appointment, contact Smiles by Dr. Cook or call (858) 673-0141.

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