As parents, we are constantly teaching our children. We teach our children their colors and numbers. Continue teaching them to learn to read, tie their shoes and be polite.However, oftentimes as parents we tend to forget how important it is, with teaching our kids about good oral hygiene.
Good healthy dental hygiene habits are about more than not having bad breath. Good oral hygiene helps keep our children healthy, pain free and feeling more confident with their smiles.
Below are a few suggestions that you can teach your children about good oral hygiene.
- Make dental visits a part of your child’s lifestyle. Starting dental visits for your child at the earliest age recommended and continuing through out their formative years is a great way to start teaching your child about the importance of good oral hygiene. Regular dental visits starting from around the age of one start to become a habit, a natural part of a child’s life. This continues once they reach adulthood.
- Make Brushing Your Child’s Teeth A Habit Before The First Tooth. You can begin making brushing your child’s teeth a habit even before they have teeth. Wiping their gums with a soft washcloth will help to remove milk build up. As the child’s first tooth comes in using a baby tooth brush to brush your child’s teeth will simply allow your child to grow up with the familiarity of having their teeth brushed. Once they are old enough to hold a toothbrush, begin teaching them to brush their own teeth.
- By serving your children raw vegetables and fresh fruits while they are young, you will be teaching them to enjoy these teeth healthy foods. You should also teach them to brush their teeth after meals and to brush their teeth after drinking sugared drinks and eating sugary foods. Explain to them once they get old enough that by brushing or rinsing after these treats, they are helping to prevent cavities from forming.
- Teaching your child to floss at a young age is important to their oral hygiene. If you are unsure of how to teach your child to floss properly, have your child’s dentist show them the proper way to floss.
Teaching Our Kids About Good Oral Hygiene
Like everything in life, our children learn best by example. By practicing good oral habits, you will be sending the message to your children that good oral hygiene is important. If you put both your own oral hygiene and your child’s at the top of your priority list, your child will grow up understanding how important caring for their teeth and gums is and will be more likely to give oral hygiene the time and attention it needs.