No matter what age you or your children are, oral health is an important aspect of your overall well being. Being aware of any hereditary dental issues now can help eliminate severe issues later and even help with preventative measures. Having a positive dental experience with your children is a great way to start them off on the right foot to taking care of their dental health.
Many dentists will perform 'well check-ups' with your child to get them used to having someone examine them using different tools. Often the hardest part of good dental hygiene is getting regular check-ups done. Families can become too busy, children are afraid of the dentist as well as the lack of dental benefits can interfere with having scheduled check-ups. It is important to try and overcome these obstacles and take care of your family's dental health regularly.
Colgate has an online guide to oral health that is free to reference regarding brushing, flossing, fluoride treatments, check-ups, prevention and other aspects of family oral health. This can be a great starting point for parents of young children to go through the process of brushing, flossing and preventative measures including fluoride treatments.
Getting children used to having their teeth and gums brushed at an early age is essential in starting off their oral health on a positive note. If they know that this is a regular hygiene task then they will be more apt to having it done on a regular basis. You should be brushing your chlid's gums even before they begin to start teeth and supervise them as they get older to ensure that they are properly removing any particles and plaque with regular brushing and flossing.
Remember that it is your job to provide your child with the habits they will take into adulthood. If you follow a good oral hygiene schedule, they tend to continue that habit as they grow.