Brush Up on Oral Health Tips For Your Kids

It’s important that we teach our kids good oral health at a young age! February is Children's Dental Month, and our Dental Hygienist, Judy Zuniga, has some great tips on how to help prevent cavities and oral diseases for your little one.

Oral health is critical to our overall health. Dental issues for children can lead to pain, difficulty eating, and even problems in speaking and learning.

Here are four simple steps that you can teach your children to help them maintain a healthy smile.


“Make sure you brush your kid's teeth twice daily with a soft toothbrush. Once in the morning after breakfast and then again in the evening before bed,” says Judy Zuniga, Dental Hygienist. Judy recommends that parents use toothpaste that contains fluoride because it helps prevent tooth decay.


Sometimes food can get trapped between their teeth, and they won’t even feel it. Flossing their teeth will help get all of that out and prevent cavities. “Parents, make sure you’re going between each tooth. This only needs to be done once at night,” says Judy.


After your child is done brushing and flossing, take a little bit of mouthwash and have them rinse their mouth. “You can tell them to slowly shake their head so that the mouthwash gets mixed around in their mouth. And remind them not to swallow it!”


Too much sugar, like candy, cookies, and soda, can give you cavities. And cavities hurt! “Eating healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, meat, and fish are better options for your child,” says Judy.

Watch this video with your kids and follow Judy and her four easy steps to a healthy and beautiful smile!

Taking care of our children's oral health is an investment in their future, ensuring not just the health of their teeth but also their overall well-being. Let's use this month as an opportunity to recommit to prioritizing dental hygiene in our homes and communities, making every month a step towards better oral health for our children. Schedule their dental appointment here, or call/text 509-488-5256.