Today's Spring Cleaning Expert...
Dr Isabel Driggers, Pediatric Dentist from Coastal Kids Dental & Braces!
Spring cleaning is a ritual that we all try to take part in this time of year. We love the feeling of cleaning stuff out and freshening things up once the sun starts coming out! This can be a great time for you to explain the importance of daily brushing, “teeth cleaning”, to our children.
Also, I have a few tips on how to refresh your child’s smile!
Replace your child’s toothbrush
As a general guide, it’s a good idea to replace your child’s toothbrush about every three months. If you haven’t done so recently, now’s a great time to do so.
Replenish your supplies
Low on floss? Fluoride Rinse? Toothpaste? Make a list of the dental gear you’re low on and restock before you run out.
Schedule a dental appointment
When was the last time your child was in for a checkup and cleaning? Chances are, the holidays — from Halloween to Easter — took a bit of a toll on your child’s teeth; Candy? Sugary snacks and drinks? A short visit to a dental office could prevent the need for more intensive treatment later on.
Assess your habits
Do you and your child practice the 2 & 2 rule, brushing for two minutes twice a day? How about flossing every day? Keeping sugary, sticky treats to a minimum? Making sure to schedule that check up every six months? Now’s a good time to reinstate your child’s hygiene habits if you’ve let them slide a little.