As a parent, you want the best for your child in terms of their health, including their oral hygiene. But you might be unsure of how to help your child learn to care for their teeth. Don’t worry; we’ve got tips and strategies that’ll help you ensure your child develops good oral health and hygiene habits as soon as possible.
Implement an Oral Hygiene Routine Early On
To avoid troublesome issues like gum disease and tooth decay, you need to make sure you get into good oral hygiene strategies with your child as early as possible. If it’s something that they grow up doing as part of a daily routine, it’ll become normal for them and they’ll show little resistance to the idea of brushing and flossing daily the way you want them to.
Make it Fun for Your Child
Another good way to establish those routines from an early age is to make it fun. Sure, brushing their teeth is never going to be the highlight of their day, but you can make it playful and engaging in ways that’ll make them more likely to go ahead and do it without refusing. For example, you could set a timer, use incentives, or play a song that indicates how long they need to brush.
Invest in Age-Appropriate Brushing and Cleaning Tools
There are toddler brushes and flossing tools that make things much easier for your child when they’re very young. Make sure you choose these tools because it’ll mean that they can plan an active role in looking after their oral health and hygiene from an early age and won’t be relying on you to do it all for them.
Be There to Set a Good Example
It’s a good idea to brush your own teeth and take care of your oral hygiene while your child is also present. This shows them that it’s not something that only they have to do. Instead, it’s something that you and everyone else does, too. Kids are impressionable at a young age, and when they see their parents doing something, they’ll want to do the same as well.
Make an Appointment with a Pediatric Dentist
Another key part of taking care of your kids’ teeth and oral hygiene is ensuring they have regular checkups with a pediatric dentist. Many offer “practice visits” for children to go see what the office is like before they have their first exam and cleaning. This way, they know what to expect and have been taught to look forward to their check-up. They won’t feel trepidation upon returning for their regular bi-annual visits. The right pediatric dentist will not only make your child feel safe and comfortable in their care but expertly teach them how to take care of their teeth at home, helping to establish good habits as they grow.
If you have any other questions or want to find out more about what we can do for you here at Dental Partners of Boston, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.