While children cannot help the natural development of their teeth (such as how straight their teeth come in, and any additional aid they need, such as corrective braces and retainers), there are some worthwhile habits we can instil in them in order to help them limit the possibilities of problems down the line. Of course, we all know that brushing our teeth daily is an essential element of self-care, so fundamental that most of us do it without even thinking.
That said, for a child, this is totally new, and without reminders they’ll probably forget to do it. Furthermore, proper brushing technique such as brushing in mini-circles, covering all teeth, and more can be helpful too. As they transition from a pea-shaped piece of children’s toothpaste to adult formulas, it can be healthy to continue to install worthwhile habits so that they know what to do should they need to.
In some cases, a cosmetic dentist can also be spoken with in order to discuss the proper development of their needs as they move into their late teenager/adult years. But how can these habits have an effect, and what are they to begin with? Let’s consider that, below:
Avoiding Sodas & Candies As Much As Possible
It’s important to show kids and teenagers that often, sodas and candies are not great for their teeth, leading to cavities and sometimes a yellowing of their enamel. This may not sway them away from that of course, but when they start to make their own decisions they’re much less likely to partake in constant indulging should they know the proper risks. This also goes for smoking, as dental issues and yellowing teeth are just another reason why keeping up with this habit, especially as a teenager, is a bad idea.
Teaching Them To Floss & Use Mouthwash
Aside from just brushing, teaching your children to floss and use mouthwash responsibly (when they’re old enough to do so), can help them reinforce the protection that their dental environment receives each day. The latter especially, because good mouthwash uses can help protect the enamel and help clean in areas where the prior two activities may have failed to reach. Of course, it’s important to make sure they’re responsible enough to use this without swallowing it, which means reaching a realistic age first.
Making A Friend Of The Dentist
It’s important to make a friend of the dentist to the degree that you can. Children can find these environments intimidating, but if you present this to them as a fun outing and meeting someone who your family likes to see, then they’ll feel less worried, as they’ll know any work they have done will benefit them and is intended to help. This means that in the future, they’ll be less likely to put off these visits, and will be more likely to visit should they encounter a condition or dental pain that needs looking at.
With this advice, you’re certain to set up good dental hygiene habits in your children going forward. This should give them something to smile about.
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