Oral health is an essential part of your child's development and overall wellness. Although your push may be to brush every morning, nighttime care is just as vital. During the day, your child's teeth can take a beating between biting pencils in the classroom, eating sticky candy and playing high-contact sports. Taking care of the teeth at the end of the day is vital.

Keep the following tips in mind for encouraging better health practices starting tonight:

  • Establish a routine now: Even if nothing has been set in stone before today, starting now will make a difference. Start the routine by brushing and flossing with your child. By making a change together, real progress can be made.
  • Flossing is imperative: Brushing the teeth at the end of a long day is important, but so is flossing. A toothbrush isn't able to get all particles left behind by lunches and snacks, especially those hiding in the nooks and crannies of the teeth. Flossing can also prevent gum disease, which should be a thought, even at the earliest stages of tooth development.
  • Gentle mouthwash rinses: Using a gentle mouthwash, kids can prevent plaque and other buildup, which can cause gingivitis and other gum disease later on. In some studies, mouthwash has been proven to strengthen teeth too.
  • Schedule an orthodontic appointment: Does your child grind their teeth? Do they have trouble chewing their food or even speaking clearly? These are all signs of an orthodontic issue, which should be treated right away.

Learn more about oral health and the advantages of braces and other forms of treatment on our website.