Good habits are something we try to instil in our children from a young age. Mind your manners, always respect other people and never, ever, knock things off the shelves in supermarkets (that one should be a little more obvious than most children find it). So, teaching children good habits when it comes to dental hygiene should also be something that we focus on as parents. Some have even suggested it is something that we teach in schools.
Here are a few things you can do to kickstart a healthy routine for your child’s teeth today:
Why is it Important?
Good dental hygiene for children is important as it sets a routine. One which will follow them into adult life and ensure good dental hygiene for years to come. So, establishing this when they are very young is vital in order to ensure they don’t need unnecessary dental work when they are older (which can also be very expensive).
How to Get Them to Brush
Of course, just because it is important doesn’t mean it’s fun. Your child will probably not like to brush their teeth, preferring to speed through it to get to the all-important bedtime story. But, it is essential that you teach them to brush thoroughly and for an appropriate length of time each night. In which case, there are a few ways that you can make this happen:
Play a Song
A fun little diddy to make a child enjoy brush time is good advice, especially if you have similar songs for bath time or even eating. If you don’t feel creative enough to make your own, there are also plenty of songs on YouTube that make for good teeth brushing motivation. And many of these last for around two minutes or so (the recommended brushing length).
Buy an Electric Toothbrush
Kids love new things. Fact. So, when they grow a little older and brushing becomes more important you should consider investing in an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can help them to do a much more thorough job of teeth cleaning, as well reaching all of the areas of their mouths with a lot less effort.
Lots of sugar is not good for a child, both in terms of hyperactivity and their teeth. For their teeth to stay strong, you must also consider that calcium from milk and even a good child’s multivitamin is needed for healthy upkeep - both of dental and overall health.
At this stage in life, it is important that set the standard that treats are okay occasionally, but must also be followed by a good brush afterwards. Sugary drinks are particularly bad for children, so making these extra special treats should be a priority to avoid damage to enamel and even tooth decay in some situations.
Regular Dentist Visits
A visit to the dentist on a regular basis, every six months, is vital as it helps to ensure your child has healthy teeth and a healthy understanding of the dentist. It doesn’t have to be a scary experience for them, especially if it’s just something they do from a young age onwards! It can also help if they have issues - such as needing lingual braces - or if you are worried that their diet may be having adverse effects. Information and advice from an expert is always the best route to take.
So, don’t wait! Start a healthy routine today and make sure your child has a set of pearly whites to last them the rest of their lives.