Proper oral care should begin before an infant’s teeth even erupt, and as a parent, it is up to you to teach your child healthy oral habits and prevent bad habits from forming. From thumb-sucking to poor oral hygiene, bad oral habits can affect your child’s future oral health, causing cavities and jaw pain, and even malocclusion and speech problems in the case of prolonged thumb-sucking.
As a parent, you can foster good oral habits in your children by making oral hygiene fun. For example, incorporate songs and games into the practice of brushing and flossing. At the same time, you should set a positive example for your children by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. It’s also important that you stress the importance of regular dental checkups by taking your children to the pediatric dentist by their first birthdays.
Learn more about protecting your child’s oral health by making an appointment with Park View Pediatric Dentistry. You can reach our Manhattan office by calling (646) 402-6578.