Good Hygiene Habits for Parents and Children

Dental Health Parent and Child

On a hot summers day, have you ever shared an ice cream cone with a friend or family member? Chances are you’re not only sharing a delicious, refreshing snack, you’re also sharing oral bacteria.

Our mouths are filled with bacteria, millions of them. When you share food, cups, utensils, or toothbrushes, these bacteria can be transferred from person to person. This can be particularly harmful when sharing with children.

Since children’s immune systems are not fully developed, if a parent has tooth decay, the child is more likely to get cavities.

Here are some simple steps to keep you and your family’s mouths healthy and stop the spread of harmful oral bacteria:

Good Hygiene Habits for Children
> If your child sleeps with a bottle, fill it with water – not milk, formula, or juice.
> Before baby teeth erupt, clean your child’s gums with a wet cloth.
> Once baby teeth erupt, brush them twice a day.
> Book your child’s first dental appointment before his/her first birthday or when the first tooth appears.
> Avoid putting anything in your child’s mouth that has been in your mouth.
> Once teeth are touching, begin flossing daily.
> Change your child’s toothbrush every three months.
> Regularly examine your child’s teeth for changes in colour, lines, or spots.

Good Hygiene Habits for Parents
> Eat a well balanced diet and limit the amount of sugary sweets.
> Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily.

To ensure that you and your family maintain beautiful, healthy smiles, remember to visit the dentist regularly. If you have any questions about oral health, please contact our office at at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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