People do a lot of learning during the early years of their life. The things people learn as children can have far reaching effects on their lives. One of those things is how to take good care of your teeth and mouth. As a parent, it’s your job to show them how to take good care of their teeth and to encourage them to form good dental hygiene habits.
Make Sure They’re Brushing Their Teeth
The most obvious thing that everyone should do when it comes to dental hygiene is to brush their teeth adequately. This can be tough for younger children since they don’t usually have the coordination (or, let’s be honest, the patience) to do a good, thorough job. This is why it is generally recommended that parents help their children brush their teeth until they are about seven or eight years old. Remember that teeth should be brushed for two minutes to get a good, thorough cleaning.
Take Them to the Dentist
At home oral care is important, but not always enough to ensure a beautiful, healthy smile. That’s where your dentist comes in. The typical recommendation is to go to a dentist appointment every six months. This helps the dentist keep track of the health of your child’s teeth over time so they can identify issues as they arise and correct them sooner rather than later. One such example is the issue of misaligned teeth, which are often corrected through the use of braces. Braces are most effective for kids and can pose certain challenges later in life. Talk to your dentist if you have concerns about the alignment of your child’s teeth.
Remind Them to Floss
Like brushing, flossing should also be a regular part of an oral hygiene routine. Flossing should be done at least once a day. You could do it in the morning and at night, but if you want to pick a time, choose the night time routine over the morning one. That way you’ll be able to remove food particles that have accumulated throughout the day, leaving the mouth clean and fresh for the night. Flossing can be challenging, especially for young children. Try using floss picks if your child is struggling with it since they can be easier to work with.
If you want your child to live a happy, healthy, full life, one of the things you should do (among many others) is to encourage them to take good care of their mouths and everything in them. It may seem like an uphill battle, especially while they are young. Be persistent and stick with it, and watch your efforts pay off in the long run.
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