Getting a child to brush their teeth without a fight can be one of the most difficult parts of parenting. Many children will complain about the taste of their toothpaste or have a hard time brushing properly, while many others simply see it as a chore that takes away from their playing time. However, teaching children to invest time in taking care of their teeth and gums is a battle that is worth fighting for.
The Importance Of Good Oral Hygiene For Children
Although it’s true that children will eventually lose their baby teeth, taking care of those primary teeth is still incredibly important. Baby teeth, in essence, prepare the way for permanent teeth by creating and holding the space for permanent teeth to come into. Taking the time to teach your children good oral health habits will help them make habits that will help to prevent dental problems in the future.
Good Oral Health Habits
You can help your child avoid oral problems such as tooth decay or gum disease by encouraging them to:
- Brush their teeth at least twice a day, once when they wake up and especially before bed, for two minutes each time
- Floss their teeth every day
- Brush or scrape their tongues
- Make healthy choices in their diet avoiding sugary drinks or food especially
- Go to the dentist twice a year for cleanings and dental checkups
Ways To Encourage Good Oral Health Habits
Keep in mind that your child will learn best from example. Let them see you investing time in taking care of their teeth and gums so that they are encouraged to do the same. Parents play one of the most important roles in helping children to develop good oral health habits. Teaching your children proper dental hygiene will be invaluable as they grow.
You can also encourage your child by making oral health something that is not compromised on. Do not give them a choice, but rather make it a requirement that must be done. One of the greatest ways to help your child develop good oral health habits is by building a foundation as early as possible. The younger they become accustomed to brushing and flossing, the easier it will be to continue the habits. Remaining consistent and steadfast in the necessity of brushing and flossing will also help them develop a routine that will slowly become second nature to them.
Try and make oral hygiene something exciting. You might let them choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste. Or find a book that shows them an example of other children brushing. With many toothbrushes, you can even find a link for smartphone apps that make brushing their teeth fun and rewarding.
Always remember to provide your child with positive reinforcement that praises them for brushing their teeth. Let them know that you are proud of them, whether it is through a small reward such as with a sticker chart or verbal praise.
Adaven Children’s Dentistry provides dedicated dental care to children of all ages and needs. We provide a comforting, welcoming, and fun environment geared towards helping children develop the best oral health habits. Call us today at (702) 492-1955 to schedule an appointment.
Adaven Children’s Dentistry
2843 St. Rose Pkwy Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89052
Phone: (702) 492-1955