The earlier you teach your children how to brush and floss, the more likely they will be avid brushers and flossers later in the life. Habits form early, after all!
What are some of the things you can do for the children in your life to help ensure they have healthy, pearly white teeth for the long-term?
Set up routines
Habits best form through repetition. Set up routines for children every morning and before bedtime. Brush with them when they’re young, and as they get older, reward them for remembering their routines all by themselves. Also, make sure there are consequences if they forget!
If you’ve done it correctly, children will develop instincts for life that associate waking up and going to bed with having clean teeth. Also, once they are old enough – and have enough teeth – to floss, integrate it into their existing routines right away.
Show them the proper way to brush
An important step to not forget is making sure you actually show children the proper way to brush. Like driving, you have been brushing your own teeth for so long that it is very difficult to remember what it was like before you learned. That means that you need to be very, very patient at first when children learn how to clean their teeth.
Nearly more than half of children and adolescents don’t see a dental medical provider every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is bad because early dental problems can last a lifetime! Make sure you get children in to the dentist as often as possible when they are young. This also helps get them comfortable with going to a dentist and getting rigorous, regular cleanings.
For more tips on making sure your children have healthy teeth, come visit our website at HealthySmile.com or call us at (708) 460-3040 to set up an appointment!