Two times two. What does that mean to you? If you answered four, well, of course, you’re right. But the sum of that equation can mean so much more. When applied to dental health, two times two means brushing your teeth twice-a-day for two minutes each time. This is a habit that should be instilled in children (toddlers even) as soon as their teeth begin to erupt. Your Riverside children’s dentists at Riverside Dental Group, would like to challenge you to a quiz on oral hygiene for kids.
Q1. True or false – An angled toothbrush is the best choice for a young child.
Q2. True or false – There is only one way to tackle tooth brushing properly with children.
Q3. True or false – Schedules don’t matter for little ones. They should brush their teeth as many times as they want, and whenever they want, each and every day so that brushing teeth does not feel like a chore.
A1. TRUE – Toothbrushes that are angled are better for reaching all of the nooks and crannies in a child’s teeth. Don’t forget to floss. And contrary to popular thought, flossing before brushing is more effective so that debris removed from between teeth is brushed away and out of your mouth.
A2. TRUE – You know your child better than anyone else, and there are certainly many ways to lead a horse to water. Popular advertising campaigns utilize humor to inspire children to brush their teeth sufficiently and regularly. This may work for your child, and if it does, give it a try. Funny role plays, puppet shows, making up songs about brushing teeth – whatever works. If your child responds more to an educational approach, you can rely on books, internet web sites, or just talking to your child about why consistent oral self-care is important.
A3. FALSE – Again, you know your child best, but studies show that most children respond well to schedules. Therefore, brushing in the morning after breakfast and at night before bed is a great plan to get your child accustomed to regular oral hygiene practices. To keep the flow in the beginning, you might consider a reward chart so they can feel accomplished. Just be sure to stay away from sugary prizes.
Visit Your Riverside Children’s Dentists
Many of our Riverside children’s dentists specialize in dental care for children. With a gentle and friendly manner, your pediatric specialist will ease your children’s dental anxieties and provide them with the quality care they need. We can provide the whole family with x-rays, cleanings, exams, or meet any of your other comprehensive dentistry needs. Whether you are interested in preventive, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry services, we have you covered. We can also meet your orthodontic needs. Call our 92504 dentist office at (951) 689-5031 for all of your dental care needs.