As kids age, they start making friends and become more concerned about their appearance. You want your little ones to feel confident with their smile. Helping them achieve a bright smile is always possible, especially if they learn to practice good dental hygiene habits early.
Importance of Early Dental Visits
Some think that caring for baby teeth is no longer necessary as they will soon be replaced with adult teeth. The truth is that dental care should start even before their first set of teeth appears. Baby teeth save space for the adult teeth. Also, any dental issues that may develop during children’s early years can continue to affect them as they grow older.
You can make sure your little ones are protected from any form of dental issues. Take them to the dentist so their teeth can be checked. Letting them meet the dental staff will also help them feel comfortable with regular dental visits.
Showing Kids Good Dental Hygiene Habits
Teaching kids good dental habits starts with setting a good example. Let them see how you care for your oral health.
- Plan a dental care routine with the little ones.
- Let them watch you as you brush and floss.
- Take them with you to the dental office so they can meet everyone and get used to seeing a dentist.
- Use brushing and flossing as a little playtime. Check their teeth after brushing and give rewards for a job well done.
- Limit junk food and sugary snacks. Show the little ones that healthy alternatives such as carrots and apples taste great, too.
- If you have older kids, let them join in the dental care routine, too. Encourage them to show their younger sibling(s) how fun brushing can be.
- Praise your little ones when they do a good job at brushing. For instance, if they’re able to cover all teeth surfaces.
- Design a chart that you can mark with the kids each time they brush and floss properly. It’s important that they brush gently and do so for at least two minutes.
- Let them choose their own toothbrush design. (Please note that toothbrush should be replaced every three or four months). Do a countdown with them before they get to shop for a new brush again.
- Always stay positive about dental care. Avoid punishing your little ones should they be resistant at times. Be patient, otherwise they might associate dental care with stress or fear.
Rayburn Dental will be there for you and your little one(s). If you have any concerns about your little one’s smile, please let us know. Teaching kids good dental hygiene habits is easier when you have dental professionals working with you.