You only have one set of adult teeth and they need to last for a lifetime. It is important that your whole family knows how to take care of their teeth. Good oral hygiene habits can help your children start things off right and you may end up saving money by preventing cavities and other more serious dental problems down the road.
The following tips can help you instill healthy dental habits in the whole family.
Set An Example
Your children keep a close eye on what you do throughout the day, so use this to your advantage. Make sure they see you brushing and flossing your teeth in the morning so that they know it is a priority. You can also set a good example by eating foods that are healthy for your teeth and avoiding soda, sugary gum, and other problematic foods.
In addition to setting an example at home, your kids should also see that you go to the dentist regularly. This helps them understand that it is important, and it may help them be less nervous when it is time for their own checkup.
Help your kids learn healthy habits by encouraging them to be accountable. While they’re still young have them keep track of brushing their teeth with a sticker chart and consider offering a reward after they’ve brushed daily for a certain period of time.
Your children may also feel more responsible and motivated if they can be involved in choosing their own toothpaste and toothbrush. Toothbrushes should be replaced every few months, so next time they need to be replaced, take your kids along to the store and have them pick out their own toothbrush.
Make It Fun
To really get your teeth clean, you should brush for at least two minutes, but two minutes can be a very long time for a small child. To make the time pass quickly, make it fun by singing a silly song, watching a short funny video, or having a contest to see who can create the most bubbles.
Teaching your family about dental hygiene early on will benefit everyone for years to come. To learn more about taking care of your teeth, schedule a checkup at Moberi Dental Specialists.
Posted on 01/30/2016 at 12:00:00 AM