Age Appropriate Dental Habits at Home

This is the time of year when kids are heading back to school and last minute appointments are being made. The best kind of checkup are cavity free checkups. Parents can help with this by instilling a good oral habit of brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily.

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Ages 6 and Under
The mouth is changing so much during these ages that kids aren’t reaching all the new teeth that keep popping up. Letting your child start brushing and then jumping in when needed lets them explore some independence well you make sure each tooth is properly brushed.

Ages 7-12
At these ages your kids know what to do but they may not want to do it. It is good to let them have the independence of brushing and flossing on their own but also letting them know the consequences of not.

Ages 12-18
Teenage years are a critical time for oral health. Teenagers who have not gotten the habit of brushing and flossing will see an increase in decay into their twenties. Being aware of your teenagers habits and supporting them but also being respectful of them because they’re not kids anymore. Good habits will stick with them until adulthood.

Regular professional cleanings and exams also aide in maintaining good oral health.  If your child or teen needs an appointment with a dental hygienist for a cleaning please give our office a call.