Helping Your Children Develop Healthy Dental Habits

It’s important to teach your kids good dental hygiene to help them maintain healthy and beautiful teeth throughout their lives. At A Smile to Grow With, we have the tools and expertise to help your children learn how to take care of their teeth with enthusiasm. We use simple and familiar language to guide them through the process and make it easy to understand. We aim to provide direct and concise information logically so your kids can learn and remember the key points.

When to Start Dental Hygiene Practices?

The journey to proper dental care begins from day one. It’s crucial to clean your infant’s gums with a soft washcloth and warm water after feeding times.

Use a silicone finger brush with warm water post-meals as your child progresses to teething and consuming solid foods. With the emergence of the first tooth, it’s time to introduce a tiny dab of fluoride toothpaste (roughly the size of a grain of rice) on their toothbrush, ensuring teeth are brushed twice daily. Aim to schedule your child’s initial pediatric dental check-up between the appearance of their first tooth, around 6 to 8 months, and their first birthday. This visit allows the dentist to thoroughly assess your child’s dental health, acclimating them to the dental office environment.

Encouraging Fun in Dental Care:

little boy brushing his teeth

Choosing Their Own Dental Tools:

Take your child on a trip to select their own toothbrush and toothpaste. There are plenty of fun, character-themed toothbrushes and toothpaste in kid flavors like strawberry and bubblegum. Choosing their dental products can make children more eager to brush; just ensure the toothbrush has soft bristles.

Interactive Dental Games:

Encourage kids to enjoy dental care by using educational apps with games on flossing and brushing, found in the App Store. They can also play pretend dentist with their toys or use plaque disclosing tablets for a brushing challenge to apply their skills.

Musical Timers and Fun Timers:

Incorporating your child’s favorite music or using a lively timer during brushing can make the recommended 2-minute brushing time fly by. The App Store offers child-friendly timers that feature engaging themes or characters, adding an element of fun to their routine.


By adopting these strategies, you’re well on your way to making dental hygiene an enjoyable part of your child’s life. Establishing these practices early is crucial for securing a future filled with bright smiles. For additional information on pediatric dental care, visit the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Don’t hesitate to contact our office to arrange a dental visit for your youngster today!

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