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Improving Child Oral Health By Parental Example

Good dental health, including proper brushing and flossing, are essential to maintaining a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Let’s face it, though, young children typically don’t have the best dental health practices or the ability to understand the risks associated with poor oral hygiene.

As a parent, you have an important opportunity to help your kids establish good oral health habits from a young age. After all, your kids look up to you. By setting good examples at home, they will quickly and easily learn how to effectively care for their teeth and gums.  

A Parent’s Role in Children’s Dental Health

For better or worse, how well your child cares for his or her teeth will likely mimic your oral hygiene habits. How well do you care for your teeth and gums? If you tend to slack when it comes to brushing and flossing, don’t be surprised if your kids aren’t eager to routinely clean their teeth.

Improving your oral hygiene practices can go a long way to create an environment in your household that promotes safe and proper dental health habits.

Keeping kids’ teeth healthy doesn’t have to be difficult with the following tips:

  • •  Be consistent. To keep your mouth clean and free from decay or gum disease, brush your teeth at least twice a day. Set aside time in the morning and at night to brush all surfaces of your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes each time. Flossing daily is also essential to remove stubborn plaque from along the gum line and between teeth.
  • •  Set an example. Most children are visual learners. When they see their parents brushing and flossing, they are learning how to properly care for their teeth and gums. Don’t forget to help your kids brush and floss, as most kids require supervision until they are old enough to care for their teeth by themselves.
  • •  Make dental health fun. Oral hygiene for kids can be far more enjoyable when you make the process a fun activity and less of a chore. Singing songs while brushing or using timers are easy ways to keep children enthusiastic about their oral hygiene.
  • •  Watch what you eat. Make smart food choices at home by incorporating healthy eating habits into your family’s routine to maintain a healthy body and mouth. Conversely, limit your family’s consumption of sugary foods and drinks, which cause decay and gum disease.
  • •  Maintain regular dental visits. Finally, it is crucial to visit your dentist for twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Bring your kids to your appointments, and talk positively about the dentist to diminish any fears or misgivings about the dentist. The goal is that when your children grow up, they will be more inclined to make their oral health a priority and schedule regular dental appointments. 

Children’s Oral Health — Schererville Family Dentistry Can Help

If you’re ready to make oral health a priority for your family, start with regular visits to the dentist. At Schererville Family Dentistry, we are experts in kids’ oral health and work with patients of all ages to provide the care your family needs to maintain great oral hygiene for life. Contact our office today to schedule your next visit!

Schererville Family Dentistry

1050 Caroline Ave
Schererville, IN 46375
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