As kids grow up, they take on more of the tasks that their parents previously performed. When kids learn to take care of their teeth on their own, they should have a clear understanding of how to fully clean their teeth, and a sense of why it is important to keep up with this habit. Unfortunately, because they are still learning, many kids can fail to realize that they are doing a poor job taking care of their growing smiles. You can help correct poor oral health habits by cleaning your teeth with them, and offering helpful guidance. You can also count on your St. Louis, MO dentist to provide instructions during pediatric dental visits. These lessons, along with the routine preventive services offered during dental checkups, can give kids important support as they take on their dental health needs!
At an early age, kids can require guidance on tasks that adults have comfortably performed for many years. You should have a brushing and flossing routine that you are comfortable with, and one that has helped keep you safe against problems that might require restorative dental work. Modeling your routine can help your child understand what “good” oral care looks like. Of course, you should focus on more than just the practice. Make sure your kids are aware that a lack of good care can lead to problems for their smile and oral health, and that good habits can help them avoid dental discomfort from an untreated cavity.
Teaching kids to care for their teeth is important – fortunately, it is not something that you have to do on your own. During pediatric dental exams, Dr. Johnson can provide helpful lessons and guidance to kids so that they pick up good habits. These lessons are provided in addition to the routine preventive services that patients of all ages can benefit from.
Do you have a history of problems that required dental fillings and dental crowns, or have you been able to effectively protect your smile from decay? Your oral care regimen is important because it protects your smile, but it is also important because your kids can absorb your habits. If you worry that you could be doing a better job caring for your smile between visits, you can ask us about changes or improvements that could help you with general dental care.
At Magnolia Family Dental in St. Louis, MO, patients of all ages are able to enjoy important oral health support at regular dental exams. In addition to providing general dental health care for kids, Dr. Johnson and our team can also offer them guidance to help them develop better habits between visits. This can help them stay out of smile trouble and develop a dependable brushing and flossing routine! To find out more, or to make an appointment, call Magnolia Family Dental today at 314-822-4521.