How can I help my child develop good oral health habits?
It can be a challenge to get your kids to take proper care of their teeth. Until they are old enough to have the dexterity to brush their teeth on their own—usually around age six—be sure to help them with the task.
Here are some other ways to help your children develop good oral health habits that will last a lifetime.
Don’t make oral care seem like a chore.
Spice up their home care with fun dental tools, such as brightly colored toothbrushes and differently flavored toothpaste.
Try playing music to get them to brush their teeth for the full two minutes that the American Dental Association recommends. This can help the time pass more quickly.
Take your child to the dentist regularly. Kids who go to the dentist regularly tend to become adults who go regularly.
Set a good example by brushing and flossing with your kids.
Help them choose healthy snacks over sweets.
Get them into the habit of brushing their teeth soon after eating.
Use dental “fails” as a lesson. If your child gets a cavity, he or she might learn from it. This also gives you the opportunity to re-evaluate the family’s oral hygiene habits.
Ask your Del City, OK pediatric dentist Diamond Dental for more ways to help develop your child’s good oral care habits.