Libertyville orthodontics expert Dr. Michael Stosich celebrates Family Wellness Month and shares tips on how to instill good oral health habits in young children.
Online PR News – 26-May-2012 –LIBERTYILLE, HYDE PARK AND GRAYSLAKE, ILLINOIS - To celebrate May as National Family Wellness Month, Libertyville orthodontics expert, Dr. Michael Stosich urges families to remember that oral health is a large part of wellness and to examine their oral health routines.
Good oral hygiene begins before baby teeth come in. The American Dental Association recommends that parents wipe out milk residue and bacteria from their child's mouth at least once a day. When baby teeth come in, brush daily with a soft toothbrush. Children over the age of 2 may use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
There are a few tips to make good hygiene a fun activity.
Children will be more eager to brush their teeth if they can choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste. Electric toothbrushes may hold their attention even longer than manual brushes.
Singing a song while children brush their teeth gives them a good measure of how long they need to scrub. A good rule of thumb is to sing "Happy Birthday" twice.
Use a sticker chart to keep track of each time a child has brushed their teeth for a full two minutes and offer a prize after 15 brushings.
Include brushing in the bedtime ritual. Brushing before bed removes food buildup that could cause tooth decay, says the Lake Forest orthodontics specialist.
Children often learn by mimicking their parents. Young children can use a soft toothbrush when mimicking parents, and may use toothpaste, when they are old enough and under careful supervision.
Tooth decay can be held at bay by simple habits like brushing twice a day and flossing, says Stosich, an Invisalign Teen provider.
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Dr. Michael Stosich attended the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia and earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. He then pursued critical specialty training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at Temple University, and also received a Master's Degree. He went on to complete a four-year craniofacial fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.