Healthy habits for good kids dental care
As a parent, you probably put a focus on teaching your children what you can about good health. This extends to oral hygiene, and teaching your children about taking good care of their teeth, gums and mouth as a whole is very important.
There are steps that you can take now that can help your children keep their mouths nice and healthy for the rest of their lives.
Focus on the Importance of Regular Dental Care Visits
Kids should go in for their first dental appointment when they get their first tooth and, after their first appointment, they should go in at least every six months for a cleaning and overall examination. It can be easy to put off these appointments, especially if you are busy or if cost is a concern, but you should make an effort to take your kids to the dentist on a regular basis.
Not only can regular dental visits help your children’s dentist catch any potential oral issues, but it can help your child adjust to a professional dental care routine that they should strive to follow for the rest of their lives.
Choose a Dentist That Your Child Likes
You would not want to continue seeing a dentist you don’t like, and neither do your kids. Ask them how they feel about their dentist, and take their concerns seriously. A general family dentist should be fine for most kids and their needs. You should find someone who is accustomed to providing dental care for children. If your kids like their dentist, they’ll be less likely to complain about their appointments, and they’ll have a more positive mindset about professional dental care as they get older.
Lead By Example
You can’t expect your children to take you seriously when you teach them about dental care if you don’t practice what you preach. That means you should be scheduling regular dental appointments for yourself, which is also important for your own oral and overall health, and you should be brushing and flossing regularly.
In fact, you can even consider brushing your teeth with your children each morning and night. It’s a good way to bond quickly during an otherwise busy day, and it allows you to keep an eye on your kids when they are brushing and flossing. Plus, if they see you doing it twice or more a day, they’ll understand that it’s something they should be doing, too.
Make Brushing Fun
If you make brushing and otherwise taking care of teeth more fun, your kids will be more likely to want to do it, too. As mentioned above, you can make it a routine and do it together. In fact, you can make it more fun by dancing around or playing music while you all brush and floss your teeth.
Also, consider letting your children each pick out their own dental care tools. For example, instead of handing your kids a plain-colored toothbrush, let each child pick out a toothbrush in a favorite color or pattern. Also, let them pick out their own children’s toothpaste and mouthwash. Allowing them to have some say can make oral care more fun.
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