Creating good dental habits can last a lifetime!
We all want the best for our children.
And that includes their teeth as well! Even though we do get two sets of teeth, it’s just as essential to treat baby teeth (also known as primary teeth) as if they were their last. That’s because instilling children with good dental habits will carry through into adolescence and adulthood. Indeed, perhaps even the rest of their lives! Think of it this way: good oral health is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your children.
Here’s How to Develop Good Dental Habits:
Start by setting a good example.
Make sure your children know that you brush and floss your teeth. Especially as toddlers, kids learn everything from their parents and want to emulate whatever they see the big people doing! So, make sure they see you taking your oral health seriously.
That also includes going to the dentist, and don’t let them see you acting afraid or nervous before an appointment. They are swift to pick up on fear!
Brush their teeth and make it routine.
Developing good dental habits starts as soon as the first teeth begin to appear. Get them used to the practice of brushing teeth by merely wiping your baby’s teeth with a clean washcloth or piece of gauze. Or, get a finger brush to use and get them acquainted with the sensation. Brush the teeth after meals and before bedtime.
Dental habits… Teach them how!
When the time is right, teach them the proper technique. Make sure to use positive reinforcement and praise your child for a job well done. Let them know this is a part of growing up. Typically, children should brush their teeth on their own when they can write their names. (This shows they have developed the manual dexterity to maneuver the toothbrush!) However, you should still provide supervision to make sure they do a good job.
When it comes time for your child’s first visit to the dentist, make sure it is a positive experience. We are always happy to have a “dry run” where you can first bring your child in for a meet and greet.
With a little effort, your child can have a lifetime of healthy teeth. Good dental habits are hard to break!