Molar Minute: Daily dental habits are essential starting at age one

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s the season to count your blessings! If you have small children, or maybe you are expecting a child soon, it’s never too early to start thinking about their dental health.

Dr. Angelica Rohner with Angelica Rohner Pediatric Dentistry shares ways your kids can be thankful for their teeth for many years to come.

“The dental habits that we establish when we’re very young determine our attitude toward dentistry for our entire lifetime. If we start children off with a great attitude toward brushing and flossing, they’ll have a great attitude toward taking care of their mouth their whole life,” Dr. Rohner said.

Dr. Rohner recommends that babies visit the dentist for the first time by age one.

“At that visit, we’re going to be educating the parents about how to brush their children’s teeth. We are also going to go over the most common foods and drinks that cause cavities and give them recommendations on fluoride use. It’s more of an educational visit for the parents. We’re also cleaning the child’s teeth and helping them acclimate to coming to the dentist every six months,” said Dr. Rohner.

Before your child is in fourth grade, Dr. Rohner says that kids do not have the tactile ability to do the best job of cleaning their teeth on their own.

“We ask parents in our practice to supervise their children’s brushing, at least through third grade, and maybe even do one of their tooth brushings for them,” Dr. Rohner said.

She also says her practice sees some tweens and teens that require parental supervision. That is what it is important for parents to stay proactive in monitoring their child’s dental health.

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