Oral health is an important part of overall health. Having strong, healthy teeth makes it easier to eat healthily and provides the foundation for a smile you can be proud of. Of course, that’s not something most children think of. As a parent, it’s up to you to help your child develop healthy teeth while they’re young.
Model Good Habits
Children are like little sponges. For better or for worse, they observe and absorb far more than many adults give them credit for. In the case of developing healthy teeth, that can be a good thing. By modeling good dental habits for your children with a good attitude, you show them how they should take care of their teeth. It will help them see oral hygiene as a normal part of their daily routine and something that will become a habit for them.
Take Them to the Dentist
As a parent, it’s up to you to make sure your kids see the dentist on a regular basis. Your dentist will give your childrens’ teeth a more thorough cleaning, keep an eye out for cavities, provide preventative care to help avoid tooth decay, and can help them get set up with braces if needed. Be aware that your child will need to take extra care if they end up with braces. Wearing braces means avoiding certain foods that are prone to get stuck. It also means taking more time to brush and floss properly so the teeth remain healthy and strong.
Help Them While They’re Young
Children aren’t usually ready to brush their teeth on their own until they are about seven years old. That may seem a little surprising, but children don’t tend to pay as much attention to their molars and the gumline. By helping them brush and floss their teeth while they are still young, you help them make sure their teeth are thoroughly cleaned. It can also help them get a better feel for how long they should be brushing. Two minutes is generally considered the appropriate amount of time to spend brushing teeth.
Making sure your child’s teeth are healthy can be a pretty big responsibility, especially when you think about how much of an impact that can have on their life. You can help by modeling good habits, taking them to the dentist regularly, and helping them while they’re young. The path to good oral health starts young. Help them get off on the right foot from the beginning.
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