Dental health affects not only our mouths but can impact our overall health and well-being so it is extremely important that we teach our children at a young age how to care for their teeth and gums. That is why MomRN is sharing this guest post from TopDentists.com who offered their tips for teaching our kids how to develop healthy dental habits they can use for the rest of their lives.
Teaching children healthy dental habits
It is easy to forget how important dental care is. After all, taking care of your teeth is not exactly an exciting process. It is relatively boring, and involves a number of care-taking tasks that simply add to the routine each night and morning, and are often tempting to forget or ignore. However, the risks of not properly caring for your teeth are substantial, as unhealthy teeth can be both unattractive and painful, and generally poor oral hygiene can lead to negative side effects, and even disease in some cases. This is why, as parents, it is our responsibility to instill proper habits in, and teach proper techniques to our children when it comes to dental care. For more information on this topic, please visit http://www.topdentists.com/.
Also, the following tips should be particularly helpful.
• To begin with, make sure that your children understand when and how often to brush their teeth. Ideally, they will brush three times each day; however, the most essential times to brush are in the morning and before bed at night. At least twice, and preferably three times each day, your children should brush for 2-3 minutes.
• More importantly, make sure that your children understand how to brush with proper technique and thoroughness. Brushing for 3 minutes at a time is no use if the brushing is lazy or ineffective. Teach your children how to brush with the right amount of pressure (too little and teeth don’t get clean but too much can damage enamel and flatten toothbrush bristles and render them useless), and hit the grooves and in-between spaces, in order to properly clean their teeth. Your child’s dentist or dental hygienist can also show your child how to use proper brushing technique.
• You definitely want to teach your children to floss at a very early age. Many adults are too lazy to floss, or assume that this is an unnecessary aspect of dental care. However, flossing does much to clean between the teeth, and can prevent gums disease. If you teach your children about flossing when they are young, you can instill it as a habit.
• If your child is old enough to not swallow mouthwash, they can use it after brushing, or at intervals during the day. This can be a nice supplemental cleaning process, and can also maintain good breath and white teeth for your children. (MomRN’s note: Mouthwash should be used under parental supervision and kept out of children’s reach when not in use.)
All of these tips can go a long way toward helping your children to have good dental techniques. Once you teach them the habits and techniques described above, they will be well equipped to practice them throughout their lives. As dental care is something that seems to sort of set in over time, it is very important to approach the subject early on, so that your children will always enjoy healthy teeth and mouths.
Disclosure: This guest post is brought to you by TopDentists.com. These tips and recommendations are of a general nature and not intended to replace your dentist, physician, or health care provider’s guidance and supervision.