RAISING A CHILD IS TOUGH work. There are so many things parents have to teach their children so that they can succeed as they grow older. Included on that list are good oral health habits that will enable them to keep their teeth healthy and strong for life!
Build Good Habits Early
For permanent teeth to be healthy and strong, it is crucial to start building good oral health habits at a very young age. These habits include brushing their teeth twice a day for two full minutes, scraping their tongues, and flossing daily. Being consistent with a daily routine will help establish these habits quickly. Besides, you want to keep their baby teeth healthy so that their adult teeth will come in where they should and have a healthy start!
Tactics For Teaching Oral Hygiene
Children love to imitate what their parents do, and they love proving that they are big boys and girls. Aside from letting them watch someone brush their teeth, here are a few other ways to help them form good habits:
- Get them excited! Talking up good oral health will help them to get excited about starting to brush their own teeth as well as flossing and eating the right foods.
- Let them choose their own “equipment.” When they choose their own toothbrush, it will help them take ownership of their oral health, so encourage them to pick out their favorite one!
- Use examples! Youtube videos, apps, children’s books, etc. are great examples, aside from brushing yourself, to show your child that having good oral health is fun!
- Praise their successes. If they know you are proud of them for brushing their teeth, they will be proud of themselves and be happier to do it. You might even use a reward system until they get in the habit, like a sticker chart to build up to a prize.
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If your child is still refusing to brush their teeth, or having difficulty grasping the concept of maintaining good oral health, that is okay- every child learns at their own pace. Just be patient and keep trying. You can also come to us for help. We can show them examples, talk to them, try to find out why they are not so interested in brushing, and set up a routine with them! They will be tooth-brushing pros before you know it.
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