Is there a child in your life who dislikes brushing their teeth? Do you have to remind your child to brush their teeth on a daily basis? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and a great time to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, adults, and caregivers. At an early age, dental habits and attitudes about dental care are established. Would you like some tips on how to set your child up for a lifetime of good dental health? Then follow along!
Helping kids feel empowered to take care of their teeth as they grow can help prevent oral health issues like inflammation, pain, bleeding gums, cavities, bad breath, and poor self-esteem. Here are some dental care habits to try with your youngster:
Don’t Be Afraid
A trip to the dentist might be scary for a young child, but that’s a normal reaction. Prevent this from turning into a problem by making it safe for your child to express pain or discomfort. Also, frame the activity as a positive experience to look forward to by making up a song or using a reward system.
Make Dental Hygiene Exciting
Brushing teeth can feel like a chore for kids, but encouragement can go a long way. Try different flavors or colors of toothpaste or a fun new toothbrush. A sticker chart to keep track of brushing is a great way to establish a tooth brushing routine, as well.
Set a Good Example
More than anything, modeling positive dental health habits is important in setting up your child for a lifetime of good habits. Start talking to them early about brushing and flossing, and do it alongside them so they can see how it’s done.
For more tips like these, feel free to contact our office or ask our dental team during your next visit.