Looking after your family encompasses many things. For starters, it means they eat well, have a cozy and safe place to sleep, are comfortably clothed, and stay healthy and strong. As dental professionals, we come into the picture with that last one. Oral health is directly tied to overall health, so it’s important that your family makes a habit of caring for their dental wellness. Here are some guidelines to get you going:

  1. Make Oral Hygiene a Habit
  2. Kids are always watching and imitating, so parents need to be superb role models for them when it comes to oral health practices. Set a good example by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Brush your child’s teeth until they have enough manual dexterity to brush their own teeth, which is typically anywhere from age five to eight years old. Teach them how to brush their tongue and every surface of their teeth and how to floss between their teeth and below their gums. Make oral care a fun part of their morning and bedtime routine by incorporating encouragement like a sticker chart, their favorite music, and themed dental tools.

  3. Watch the Snacks
  4. We’re not saying that you should completely cut out sugar from your child’s life, but teach them how to consume treats in moderation. Be sure to supply plenty of healthy foods like fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, whole grains, fish, and lean protein. Avoid stocking your fridge with lots of soda, juice, and sports drinks so your family opts for water or milk to quench their thirst.

  5. Book Regular Dental Appointments
  6. Starting at age one, bring your child to our office for checkups and cleanings every six months. If dental visits are a routine event rather than something unknown and strange, our office will become a familiar and safe place for your children. Our Phoenixville dental team understands that many families are juggling a multitude of appointments and activities–from sporting events and dance recitals to music lessons and play dates–so ask us about block appointments where everyone can be seen on the same day. We want to make your dental visit as simple, stress-free, and convenient as possible!

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Dental Wellness Phoenixville is here to care for all of your family’s dental needs. Contact us today for more oral health tips or to set up appointments for every member of your family. We look forward to meeting you all.