How to Raise Kids with Healthy Teeth
Good oral hygiene is an important lifelong practice. A healthy mouth gives you more than just a healthy smile, and can actually help protect the health of your entire body. That’s why it’s important to give kids a great start by teaching them about oral hygiene early, and taking them to the dentist.
The first thing to do to promote a lifetime of good oral health is to establish a good routine. You can start by cleaning your babies’ mouths before the first teeth even erupt from the gums, to get them used to twice a day brushing. Once the teeth come in, teach them how to brush their teeth, and when they start doing it themselves, monitor them closely. You can offer guidance on good techniques for brushing, and maybe even find ways to make it fun, perhaps by getting a musical toothbrush that plays for the full length of time they should be brushing: at least two minutes. Watch shows and read books about caring for teeth with your kids, and consider creating a dental chart to remind them to brush and floss. It’s also smart to reiterate technique from time to time, to make sure they’re doing it right.
It’s also a good practice to keep extra supplies on hand. Always have a supply of extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss, so you’ll never run out. Let kids pick out their own supplies, to help them get involved and excited. There are so many fun kids’ toothbrushes from which to choose, they’re sure to find something they’ll enjoy, and this will encourage brushing.
Leading by example is also important. From their earliest childhood, brush your teeth with your kids. Show them how to brush, rather than just telling them, and they’ll become proficient more quickly. Keep a regular dental schedule for yourself, seeing a dentist every six months for cleaning and a checkup.
Being on a good schedule yourself will help you get your kids on a good dental schedule. Children should first see a dentist after the first teeth erupt. After that, they should have dental appointments every six months.
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