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If you’ve ever raised a child, you might know that children tend to copy you–whether you would like them to or not. This isn’t necessarily bad news. If you help your little ones learn how they should keep their teeth clean while they’re young, they’ll be more likely to clean their teeth more efficiently when they get older.

As you may already know, your children will need to brush and floss your teeth well if you’re hoping to keep their smile clean. If your little ones see you brush and floss consistently, they may be more willing to brush and floss their pearly whites on their own. It’s also important that your children see you brush and floss, even when you’re away from home. We also suggest giving your children healthy snacks rather than sugary treats. Sugar will also help bacteria grow, which will damage your teeth. We suggest avoiding coffee. While coffee itself doesn’t have too much sugar in it, it can cause a caffeine crash. Many people choose to address this issue with sugar.

It’s also important that you take your child to your dentist six months after the first tooth comes in. We recommend scheduling an appointment with us for your child every six months. These appointments give us an opportunity to inspect your little one’s teeth for signs of trouble and give us the chance to adjust to these issues.

If you’re interested in hearing more about helping your child establish healthy habits in Allen, Texas, please feel free to contact Allen Pediatric Dentistry at 972-727-0737. Dr. Jessie Hunter and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re eager to hear from you.