Raising children to have good oral health care habits is very important. It can sometimes feel like a battle to get your kids to take proper care of their teeth. But instilling them with good oral health habits is important and will benefit them for the rest of their life. So here are some tips for helping your children learn how to take care of their teeth.
Create a schedule
The main key is to develop a schedule for your children. This includes day-to-day care and scheduled dental appointments. There are some major stages of tooth development that are important to know so you can help them during these points. The first stage is pre-teeth. This is when your child doesn’t have teeth yet and is usually the age leading up to 6 months old. The best thing you can do is to make sure that they have a healthy diet. The next step is when their first teeth grow in. Once this happens it is advised that you schedule your child’s first appointment. After this appointment, visiting every 6 months is a great idea. Their baby teeth will usually last until around the age of 6. This age is different for every child, so it may be later or younger. Once your child’s permanent teeth start growing in, you then need to have them brush their own teeth. This can be younger if they are responsible enough.
Another way to help get your kids to get into brushing their teeth is to have more than enough supplies around the house. This will help ensure you won’t run out. Also, replace their toothbrush regularly, not only is this good from a health standpoint, but it can also be fun for a kid to pick out a new toothbrush.
Once they have teeth to brush, it is important to start brushing their teeth and teaching them why taking care of their teeth is important. You can show them TV shows, and read books with them that talk about their teeth and why it is important. If they aren’t remembering to regularly clean their teeth, then it might be a good idea to create a chart. You can keep this in a bathroom so they can mark off each time they brush their teeth. Maybe give them an incentive, that once they have gone a certain amount of time without forgetting to brush their teeth, they will get a reward. Also, make sure that your children see you brushing and flossing your teeth.
Teach your children how to properly brush their teeth and make sure that they understand why they are doing it. Also, show them the negative effects of not brushing, and what will happen if they don’t. Like we said before, involving them in the process is important, and because of this, we would suggest taking them to the store to pick out toothbrushes and toothpaste. Make it fun! Also, teach them how to floss and get them started early, and they will hopefully continue to do this through the rest of their life!
If you are still having issues with your kids brushing your teeth, talk to your dentist next time you have an appointment and see if they have any advice, or tips to help. The key is don’t stop trying, and eventually, you will see results!