As adults, we sometimes take for granted our dental health. Keeping our smiles and teeth looking great has become a routine that was instilled in many of us since childhood. Seeing the dentist every six months is common practice for most people. Even brushing our teeth at least twice a day and flossing at night has become almost standard. For most people, these healthy habits were driven into their daily routines by either their parents or a concerned dentist. In this article we will explore ways to teach healthy dental habits to children.
Most children are motivated by fun activities. Unfortunately, brushing their teeth is not typically considered a fun activity for kids. This does not need to be the case. When teaching a child to brush their teeth, it is important to make the activity fun and entertaining. Some parents have used a reward system to encourage their children to brush their teeth properly. A reward system could be as simple as a weekly calendar mark-off. This allows for parents to stay on top of their children’s routines, while children getting a sense of accomplishment. Furthermore, at the end of each completed week the child can expect to receive a reward. Rewards can be anything from small toys or even a trip to their favorite playground. The reward system is a great opportunity to also teach children about earning their rewards.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children begin visiting a dentist from the age of one or within six months after the first tooth emerges. This might seem too young for some parents, but getting children used to visiting the dentist becomes more difficult as they get older. So get your kids to the dentist often to avoid a fear of the dentist in their later years. Pediatric dentistry focuses on children and their issues that are most common within their age group, being from birth to adolescences. Many pediatric dentists have a fun and warm atmosphere to make children feel comfortable and safe. Even as adults, some of the instruments used by dentists can be scary, which is why it is important to visit a dentist early to get over any fears that might exist.
Apart from regular brushing and flossing, our diets are big contributors to our overall dental health. A diet high in sugars can cause serve tooth decay and cavities. Making sure that your child has a healthy mouth and beautiful smile starts with a healthy diet. Studies have shown diets low on sugar and high on insoluble help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Green vegetables play an important role in the overall health of our teeth, as the folic acid helps maintain healthy gums. Adding milk or calcium supplements is also a great way to improve children’s oral health. Many doctors recommend that children drink at least three to four cups of milk daily. This provides both calcium and proteins that their bodies will utilize for growing strong and healthy.
Maintaining your child’s dental health can be challenging, but as adults they will be grateful for having the perfect smile.