We often see kids come into the office with bad teeth due to bad oral health. Usually, kids don’t spontaneously come up with these bad habits on their own. Parents need to be aware that their kids will copy them when it comes to the health of their teeth, just like in most other areas of life. Studies have even shown that untreated dental issues in kids will affect how well they function, sleep, and eat. Thankfully we have some tips for helping to keep your child’s teeth healthy!
- Teach your children
When your children are very young then you should use a small amount of toothpaste, and as they grow and learn to spit, then you can give them more. Make sure you don’t neglect to teach them how to floss since that will become important once their teeth start to touch.
- Be an example
As we said above, kids imitate their parents. Every parent has seen their child copy them in some way. The same goes for oral hygiene habits. However many parents neglect to show their child that they have good habits and floss and brush regularly. Make it part of your routine to show your child that you brush and floss every day.
- Go to the dentist
This one may seem obvious, but if your kids never see you go to the dentist, then chances are they won’t want to or think about it when they are older. It is important that you and your kids continue to visit the dentist twice per year to have your normal cleanings and checkups.
This goes hand in hand being a good example, but make sure you are brushing at least twice per day and flossing as well. If you aren’t then chances are that your child won’t either.
- Eat healthily
Instead of giving your children lots of sugar, which can lead to cavities, give them foods that will help to strengthen their teeth and are better for them in general.
While these are by no means all the tips we have for teaching your children how to keep their teeth healthy. Don’t treat your children’s baby teeth like they are expendable since it is still important to keep their baby teeth healthy.