Cartoon of a boy brushing a model of teeth during COVID

How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth During COVID

October 31, 2021 8:34 am

Due to the unprecedented COVID pandemic, health and safety have preoccupied many a parent’s mind for the last while. Notwithstanding COVID precautions and changes, it is always a good time to examine your family’s health habits and consider changes you can make to promote healthier bodies, minds, mouths, and lives! In this blog post, we suggest oral care tips for your child.

Evaluate Their Daily At-Home Oral Care

Great dental care is centered at home! As soon as your child gets their first tooth, start brushing. They’ll likely need help until age 6-8, though we recommend supervising for accuracy even when they are brushing independently. Do they brush twice a day for a full 2 minutes each time using a soft-bristled toothbrush? Many children benefit from an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer.

Your child should also be flossing every day to remove food debris and bacteria from between their teeth and from under their gums. Water flossers and floss threaders are particularly helpful if your child has braces.

Good oral care also includes consuming a balanced diet. Encourage your child to eat a variety of foods and beverages, including fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes, lean protein, and calcium-rich products.

Bring Them for Routine Dental Visits

In conjunction with daily oral hygiene and a balanced diet, your child can maintain healthy teeth and gums with regular visits to Prairie Kids Dental. We offer comprehensive pediatric dentistry in Columbus, OH. If your child has been skipping their dental visits due to the pandemic, now is the time to get back to our office for a much-needed dental refresh.

Here at Prairie Kids Dental, we have always sought to maintain a safe and clean environment that feels inviting and comfortable. And during the COVID pandemic, we have increased the cleaning and safety precautions at our office so that our patients are as protected as possible while in our care. Your health is our priority!

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