We are so very grateful At Laser Dentistry of North Jersey we will soon be celebrating our 25th Anniversary.…
You may be surprise to hear that being a dentist does not make it easier for me to get my kids to brush better – but here are a few tips I use that help develop children’s oral health habits.
1. Buy them a simple spinning brush at the grocery store- many are under $10, and some even have timers.
2. Use an egg timer to ensure they brush for the whole 2 minutes – it will seem like a lifetime to them.
3. Use Listerine’s Agent Cool Blue before they brush to show what has built up on their teeth – or afterwards, to show what they have been missing. Once their technique is better, continue to use it as an occasional test and review.
4. Have Mom or Dad re-brush all children’s teeth once a day until they are seven years old.
5. Start teaching kids to use floss and a Waterpik as young as possible.
6. For very small children, use fluoride-free toothpaste until they are capable of spitting it out instead of swallowing it. You can usually find fluoride-free options in the regular toothpaste aisle at the store.
7. Every child should have a dental exam by the age of 3 years old.