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Are you worried about your little one’s oral health? If you are, good for you. As you can probably guess, if your child has clean, healthy teeth while they’re young, they’ll probably develop healthy habits that can last for years to come. But, what can you do to help your little one develop these healthy habits?

Clearly one of the first things you should do is limit the amount of sugar your child has in a day. Despite what you may believe, your child is not born with a sweet tooth. In fact, most children will generally accept homemade, nutritious foods when they are around six months old.

Similarly, to keep your child’s teeth healthy, please avoid giving them a bottle when it’s time to sleep. Doing so can rot your little one’s teeth very quickly, leading to a variety of future oral health problems. In other words, try giving your child a bottle when they are awake and alert. If your child must have a bottle to sleep, try filling it with water.

Finally, if you want your child to have healthy habits, you should remember to practice them yourself. If oral care is important to you, it is much more likely to be important to them. Also, you should try to make brushing time enjoyable. Fortunately, there are a few methods you can try, starting with giving your child toothbrush and toothpaste that they’ll enjoy.

Finally, try to make oral care fun. Give your child flavored toothpaste and fun toothbrush. Scare tactics will probably not be effective. Instead try to help your child appreciate what good oral health will do for them. Teach them to brush and floss properly by doing so yourself.

If you would like to learn more, or are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Stephen R. Hooper, please feel free to contact Hooper Family Dentistry at 318-742-2272.