Dental Health Tips for Toddlers

Teaching Your Little One About Dental Hygiene

As parents, we play role models to our children—especially when it comes to building healthy habits! In light of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the health experts at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital are here to share some tips to help parents set their little ones up for a lifetime of healthy dental health habits.

Let Your Child Pick Their Own Toothbrush

When your toddler is ready to start learning how to care for their own teeth, letting them pick out their toothbrush and toothpaste can help catch their attention. This helps to make their dental care routine a personal experience and gets them excited to participate when it’s time to brush their teeth.

Take your little one down the dental care aisle and let them pick out their toothbrush with their favorite color or character and the flavor of their toothpaste too!

Brush and Floss as a Family

Whether we realize it or not, children tend to mimic the behaviors of those around them—especially their parents. By brushing your teeth as a family, this encourages your children to develop a routine for themselves, and they are more likely to retain this positive behavior in the future.

Make a Your Dental Hygiene Routine Fun

Rather than making your dental care routine seem like a chore, make it a fun and exciting part of each day! Whether you play your child’s favorite song to help keep track of the 2 minutes of brushing time or you give your little one stickers for remembering to brush and floss—your morning and night routine can be a highlight of their day rather than just another task!

Dental Care in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our team of highly trained and experienced dentists is dedicated to providing excellent care to patients of all ages. To learn more about our dental care services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).