Help Your Child Understand the Importance of Good Oral Health
We all want what is best for our children, and of course we want to help you understand what is best for your children’s oral health. From baby teeth to the eruption of adult teeth, it is important to know the ins and outs of caring for both sets of teeth. In today’s blog we’re going to give some tips on how to help your child understand the importance of taking care of their teeth.
1) Start Early
It is important to start helping your child learn about brushing and flossing as soon as their baby teeth begin to erupt into their mouth. Of course at the very early stages parents or guardians will have to assist their child in brushing. However, as children get older and further develop manual dexterity they will be able to brush on their own.
Additionally, it is beneficial to get children into the office at an early age. Often it is best to get them in as early as 1 year old or within the first 6 months after eruption of their first tooth. This allows for assessment of the oral cavity and to help children get used to our dental office and our wonderful doctors and team.
2) Be a Great Role Model
Parents have a great opportunity to show their children how to brush and floss and lead by example. Let your children watch you brush or better yet brush right along with them. Maybe do a “brushing dance” or hum a song while you brush together. Your children look up to you so take advantage of this bonding time to teach them how important it is to look after their teeth.
3) Let Them Make Decisions
Let your child pick their toothbrush or flavor of toothpaste. There are a lot of fun options for children’s toothbrushes, so let them pick one that fits them. If they are more inclined to brush because they have a Star Wars toothbrush, just roll with it.
4) Reward Good Behavior
If your child is doing an excellent job brushing and taking care of their teeth reward them! Let them stay up an extra 30 minutes at night or other small rewards. Be sure to provide positive reinforcement for your children so they know they are doing a good thing by caring for their teeth.
5) Proper Nutrition
Children sure do seem to love anything sweet, don’t they? However, it is sugary diets combined with poor oral hygiene that lead to dental decay. More importantly, a sugary diet can lead to an increased risk of diabetes. It is important to offer your child healthier snack options that include veggies, fruit, and low-fat yogurt and cheese. Try to cut down snacking between meals as well. This will help keep your child’s teeth shining bright!
Remember not to put milk, juice, or any other sugar containing drink in their sippy cup at bedtime. These drinks all contain sugar that can cause “baby bottle caries” and can damage your child’s baby teeth. If your child takes a sippy cup to bed simply start putting water in it at night.
Thank You for Reading Our Blog!
We hope that you enjoyed our tips for keeping your child’s teeth healthy. Starting them on the right track as soon as possible will help lead to a lifetime worthy of healthy smiles. We would love to see your little ones for a comprehensive check up and make sure their mouth is healthy and developing properly. Call us at 317-535-7141 or visit mygreenwooddentist.com to get an appointment set up.