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10 Ways to Help Your Child Establish Good Dental Hygiene

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Written by on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:33

As a parent, your child’s health is of major importance to you. So how can you teach kids good dental habits that will stick with them as they get older? 

  1. Start Cleaning Early. Make it a habit to clean your baby’s mouth before teeth even come in. Use a soft wet cloth to gently wipe away excess milk or formula from your baby’s gums.
  2. See Your Dentist. Start bringing in your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in. It will help them become familiar with the dentist. Bringing your child to the dentist and showing them that there is nothing to worry about will help ease any anxiety they could have as they get older.
  3. Start Brushing at the Right Time. You should start brushing your child’s teeth with a small amount of toothpaste as soon as their first molar comes in. When your child is two, then the amount of toothpaste used can increase to a pea sized drop.
  4. Avoid Food and Drink Before Bedtime. Some babies will fall asleep easier with a sippy cup, but giving these to them at bedtime is a big mistake. Avoid allowing food and drink after they have brushed their teeth. This will establish good dental hygiene habits at a young age.
  5. Lead by Example. Practice good dental habits in front of your child. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once each day to show them that it is all a part of your routine. Children love to mimic their parents, so show them how to do things the right way!
  6. Brush for Two Minutes. Make sure your kids are brushing for about two minutes each session. To help your kids learn how long two minutes is, help them their first few times or find a song to play that is about two minutes long that will help signal them when to stop.
  7. Floss Every Day. Aside from showing your kids how to floss, help them floss when their teeth start to make contact.
  8. Have Fun. Trick your kids into enjoying what most people see as just another thing to take care of in their day. Children will be more enthusiastic about brushing their teeth if it’s a fun activity. Buy them toothbrushes with their favorite characters on them, play a song while they brush their teeth, or make up a fun story about the tooth fairy.
  9. Find Fun Videos. There are plenty of resources online with educational kid-friendly material. Add to the fun factor by showing your kids videos that depict taking care of teeth as a rewarding experience.
  10. Avoid Sugary Foods. Snacks and drinks high in sugar are the main culprit of cavities in children. Avoiding them will help protect your child’s teeth and overall health. If they do have an occasional treat, make sure they drink water to wash away and remaining sugars and brush their teeth as soon as possible afterwards.

Reference: by northview

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