HELP ME GROW: Oral Health Habits

Your teeth are an extension of your body. It is just as important to practice good oral health as it is to take care of the rest of your body. Taking good care of your teeth is necessary, especially if you have a child. Here a few useful oral health tips to help you both brush-up.

Personal hygiene: First and foremost, it is important that you brush your teeth twice a day. Make sure you are using toothpaste with fluoride in it. This helps to keep your teeth strong. If you experience pain while you’re brushing, you may need to switch to a softer toothbrush. Some people forget to brush their tongue during the process. Cleaning your tongue as well is part of maintaining good oral health.

Oral care during pregnancy: Dental hygiene for your little one starts in the womb. Now is the most important time to keep up with your oral health. How you take care of your teeth while pregnant can directly affect your baby. Poor oral health can lead to gum disease, which is linked to preterm birth and low birth weight. Follow your normal steps in order to prevent any issues with your baby.  Include visits to the dentist along with other doctors’ appointments. Avoid sugary foods, do not smoke tobacco and if you experience morning sickness, make sure you rinse out your mouth after to protect your enamel.
Brush-up your baby: So your baby has teeth coming in! As soon as they arrive, oral health becomes a priority. Keep your baby’s mouth clean by avoiding unnecessary germs; don’t share anything mouth to mouth, avoid giving them sweet drinks and make sure your baby visits the dentist by their 1st birthday. Consistently use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, and brush gently.
Children’s independent brushing: Now is the time to pass the importance of oral health onto your child. Teach them by brushing and flossing their teeth for them until they are about 6 years old. Your child learns by watching you! Brush your teeth together to teach them good oral health habits. Make sure your child drinks water with fluoride in it. Lastly but never least, make a dentist appointment for your child every 6 months.

No matter what stage you are in, it’s never too late to start paying more attention to your oral health! Be sure to check out Healthy Smiles to learn more.