Teaching your children healthy dental habits early on will have a great impact on their health as they grow older. We recommend making it educational but also fun for your child. Here are some tips on how to help your kids develop good dental care habits in an enjoyable way.
It’s important for you to brush your child’s teeth when they are developing motor skills. Make sure to explain the process as you’re doing it so they begin to understand the significance of brushing. Once baby teeth begin to form, consider using a damp washcloth to carefully wipe down the teeth and gum line. When your child turns 2, consider using fluoridated toothpaste to prevent cavities and ensure healthy adult teeth. If a cavity is left untreated in a baby tooth, serious issues could arise. We recommend having your child start brushing by themselves at the age of six.
Diet plays a big part in preventing cavities, gum disease, and several other dental problems. Sugar intake should be limited to avoid tooth decay. The USDA recommends no more than ten teaspoons of processed sugar each day. Additionally, diets consisting of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains keep teeth clean and gums healthy. Not only does a healthy diet aid in healthy teeth, but it also supports overall well-being.
Children can often get bored and distracted easily. By making dental health exciting and fun, your child will be more likely to pay attention and follow your instructions. There are many fun and creative toothbrushes in today’s marketing, including popular TV show characters. Consider taking your child to the store to pick out their toothpaste and toothbrush. This will help them become more invested in their dental habits.
Make sure to set a good example by establishing your own dental care habits. We recommend brushing and flossing your teeth as a family to spend time together while achieving a great smile!
Call Hyde Park Dental today to learn how to teach your children healthy dental habits.