Children’s Dental Hygiene
February is National Children’s Dental Health month! Although it is the shortest month of the year, positive dental hygiene habits will last a lifetime. Whether you’re a parent, relative, or caretaker, you can reinforce these dental care tips for the kids in your life:
Set a positive example
Monkey see, monkey do! If you regularly brush, floss, and visit the dentist, your habits will rub off on the little ones around you. And because kids idolize and model themselves after the adults in their lives, your positive example will help them establish a proactive dental journey themselves.
Provide healthy options
Besides regular brushing and flossing, one of the best ways to prevent cavities, tooth decay, and more is to eat healthy foods. While kids crave and sometimes even beg for junk food, it is important to remain firm and only give them junk food in moderation. Their teeth will thank them!
Take them to the dentist
Babies should go to the dentist within 6 months of their first tooth coming in, and then should return every 6 months. Familiarize them with the dentist, the procedures, and tools if you can: this will help eliminate fears/phobias of the dentist. Take your children to a dentist that is comfortable seeing children, such as Ames dental office Dentistry At Somerset. The doctors and team enjoy seeing kids and educating them about how to keep their teeth healthy for life.
Slow down your nighttime routine by intentionally showing and explaining positive dental habits. This includes putting an appropriate amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush, flossing in between every tooth and even gargling and spitting. Of course, these lessons need reteaching from time-to-time, but they will retain some more information with each time.
While you shouldn’t need to incentivize positive habits, sometimes it certainly helps! Not only will it generate excitement, but it will also inspire them to keep up the good work.