By Dr. James Pechloff
October 25, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Like most healthy lifestyle habits, people are more likely to maintain good oral hygiene and healthcare routines if they are developed oral hygieneand solidified during early childhood. Even though they are temporary, keeping primary (baby) teeth healthy with daily brushing and flossing is an important step in preventing cavities and promoting strong teeth and healthy gums in the future. Introducing children to the benefits of good oral hygiene habits at an early age increases the likelihood of long term habits that will stick and, therefore, help prevent tooth decay and gum disease in adulthood.

Dental Care and Prevention in Wauwatosa, WI.

Dr. James F. Pechloff, a family dentist in Wauwatosa, WI., advises parents to introduce children to daily brushing and flossing as soon as the baby teeth begin to erupt and are close enough to touch. Just like permanent adult teeth, baby teeth are susceptible to cavities and tooth decay, which can affect oral health even after they have fallen out.

How to Care for Your Children's Teeth and Gums

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises parents to schedule a child's first visit to the dentist either after their first birthday, or six months after the first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. Young children should use a softer bristled toothbrush and parents should consult with their dentist to determine the best type of toothpaste to use for children under the age of six. Like adults, children should gently brush their teeth at least twice a day, and begin flossing once a day when appropriate. Dentists recommend that parents supervise younger children’s brushing technique as they improve and to help solidify the habit of daily brushing and flossing early in their development.

Find a Family Dentist in Wauwatosa, WE.

It is never too early, or too late, to develop a good oral hygiene routine for the entire family, including care at home and regular checkups and professional cleanings with a dentist. Contact the office of Dr. James F. Pechloff by calling (414) 475-5505 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pechloff today.