HELP ME GROW: Tips to keep your child’s smile happy and healthy all year round!

Happy and healthy smiles start early. That’s why it’s important to teach your child about proper oral care. What better time to start than during National Children’s Dental Health Month! Your child’s smile is one of the first things people will notice. Help keep that smile happy and healthy.

It’s easy to forget about the importance of brushing our teeth.  Brushing is the simplest and most important thing you can teach your child to do to take care of their teeth. Set up a routine with your child to make sure they’re brushing their teeth twice a day. They might not like to brush their teeth alone, so brush with them. It’s a great opportunity to spend a little quality time together.

To help keep your child’s smile healthy, make sure they know the proper way to brush their teeth! All teeth have three surfaces: the front side we see when we smile, the back sides that touch the tongue, and the tops that is used to crush food. Help your child hold their toothbrush at a 45-degree angle along the gum line and move the brush across two to three teeth at a time. Try to keep the brushing in a short, circular motion like the wheels move on a train. Last, but not least, remind them to brush their tongue! Tongues harbor all the same bacteria our teeth do. Gentle scrubbing with your toothbrush at the end of your routine will help keep your mouth healthy and your breath fresh. For more oral health tips check out Healthy Smiles Delaware!

Following these brushing steps can help your child avoid significant oral health problems later in life. If you’re still looking for more information, dial 2-1-1 Help Me Grow or check out these resources for help!