Teaching your children how to take good care of their teeth and gums is so important. The faster they learn to brush and floss correctly, the less likely it will be that they end up with cavities, gingivitis, or other serious oral health problems.
Of course, it can be tougher than you might think to encourage your kids to practice good oral health, which is why I’ve put together a few tips to help you help them.
1. Lead by example
It’s a pretty basic strategy, but letting your kids watch you brush and logos your teeth, and even taking them to the dentist with you, is a great way to encourage them to follow suit. Kids adore their parents and if they see them doing something, they are more likely to want to do it too. This applies as much to oral hygiene as anything else.
2. Teach them the right way
Teaching your children the right way to brush, floss, and generally look after their teeth is so important because even if they make the effort to do it twice daily if they aren’t using the right technique, they probably won’t be as effective as they could ben and they may still end up with tooth and gum problems.
3. Find a kid-friendly dentist
A lot of children have a strong fear of the dentist. It can be hard to get them over this, but as well as letting them watch your appointments so they can dee there is nothing to fear, one of the best ways to help them over a phobia is to find a great dentist like Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry, who specializes in making kids feel safe and happy. And who go the extra mile to make them feel comfortable and have fun. If you can do that, chances are their fears will start to fall away and trips to the dentist will be less traumatic.
4. Encourage a healthy diet
Diets that are high in sugar are really bad for your teeth whether you’re 2 or 32, which is why, if you want to encourage good oral health in your kids (and yourself) you need to focus on diet. Keep sweet treats to a minimum and eat lots of healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and water instead. Looking for an after-dinner snake? A small piece of cheese will help to balance you and your child’s mouth’s PH level for happier, healthier teeth.
5. Reward them
If you have a child who refuses to brush their teeth or floss, then one thing that is sure to help them come around is offering them a reward. Set up a toothbrushing chart and place a sticker on it for every day that they brush and floss twice daily. At the end of the week, if they haven’t missed a single star, give them a reward, whether that be a comic, time playing on the Xbox, or whatever it is you know they like sufficiently enough to motivate them.
Oral health matters so don’t let your kids let it slide.
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