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Mistakes parents make when it comes to oral care
Updated: 2/2/2012 4:59:56 PM

Mistakes parents make when it comes to oral care  

While many parents may believe they are doing all they can to ensure that their child's teeth are healthy, they may be making some classic mistakes. In honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, here are some actions and misconceptions that parents may have that could be damaging to their child's oral care.

First, parents should not wait until their child is born to think about their oral health. Just as mothers are eating for two, they are also brushing, flossing and rinsing for two. Since dental health is key to overall well-being, a mother's oral care routine affects her child.

Next, parents may feel the need to scold their child for thumb-sucking, but this isn't always an effective way to get them to stop. While the habit can be a natural reflex and calming mechanism for babies, when a child's permanent teeth come in, it can lead to problems. Instead of yelling at a toddler for sucking their thumb, parents should praise them when they don't engage in this behavior.

Finally, parents shouldn't make brushing a chore. Instead, they should ask their pediatric dentist for ways to make tooth brushing a fun activity that children want to do each night, rather than something that they dread.

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