All parents pay a lot of attention to the well-being of their children. Kid’s oral hygiene deserves an attention as well. However, getting kids to brush and floss regularly is easier said than done. Right? Let us help you with creating the good oral hygiene habits for this.
Healthy snacks like veggies and cheese aren’t just better than sweets and candy because they pack more nutrients. Cheese, for example, is full of calcium and protein — great for the teeth. And veggies like chopped broccoli and carrots can actually help keep teeth clean.
Especially now, in summer months, it is important to be well hydrated. Dehydration can lead to bad breath, gum tissue problems and decay. But not only these, it can also cause teeth grinding. Remind your children to drink water regularly.
Create a dental routine
The key to practicing long-term dental health and minimizing the likelihood of problems developing is to create the routine of regular dental visits.
- For the first six months, a child’s teeth are still developing in their gums. The most important part at early stage for a dental care is to provide your children with a healthy diet.
- As soon as your children’s teeth come in, visit a dentist for an first check-up and plan next visits once every six months. It will let you to monitor their oral health and be aware of any potential problems but also it will benefit from them being used to the dentist visits. They will have a good habit in the future to remember about dentist’s regular check-up.
- The milky teeth fall out and the permanent teeth replace them when children are 6 to 11 years old. At that stage children should be brushing their own teeth twice a day. As they develop dexterity, you can help them learn to floss. Children usually develop the ability to floss on their own around the age of 10.
Good dental habits
Below you can find some tips to help educate your child about oral care:
- Get started with books and tv programs. There is plenty of options available from a simple books and cartoons to the programs and books with more advances content. Watch TV shows and read books together to help introduce your children at an early age to the value of good oral health.
- Be consistent. If you want to teach your children how important is brushing twice a day, make sure they brush their teeth twice a day. Often parents try to be consistent, but if they don’t see results quickly, they give up or they might think that one or two exception will be fine. Unfortunately, it’s not fine.
- Take the children for a shopping. To help your children get more interested in teeth health, take them with you to the store and let them pick out their own toothbrushes and toothpastes.
- Make a dental chart. To help your children with learning create a dental chart. You can do it together. Cut out pictures and instructions from magazines, leaflets or books, draw it or let your children to draw it. Hang this chart in a convenient place and remind them to read and follow it when they go brush their teeth.
- Be an example. Brush yours the same time when your children brushing theirs. The children learn by an example much quicker, so when they see you care about your teeth, they will know it’s important. It is also best way to teach them how to brush correctly.
- Be patience. It’s essential to teach your children about the importance of oral health but remember to have patience and provide support throughout the entire process.
Book their first dental appointment early.
Finally, teach your child that visiting the dentist is not a frightening experience and it should be regular habit. Book their first appointment as early as their first birthday or even earlier, when the first tooth is coming in. Keep it simple and positive. Even if your childhood dental experience is not positive stay calm to make the dental visit more like an adventure then unpleasant experience that must be done. Before the first dentist appointment, give the children an idea what to expect by talking about it in words that they do understand – and that won’t terrify them.
Find an understanding dentist. Ask friends and family or look for someone who specialises in treating little patients. In Sistova Road Dental Studio all of our dentists make sure the appointment is calm and comfortable for children. Also, the first appointment is a simple check-up and chance for your children to meet the dentist, so don’t worry about having any treatment.