- August 26, 2017
Being a parent is a huge responsibility. You have to keep them safe and healthy, but you also have to learn how to gradually let go inch by inch as they gain more and more independence. This is emotionally tough enough.
That’s why Amber Dental is here to help you! We want to do all we can to offer support as you try to instill good dental habits with your kids so they grow up making good oral health a priority.
Today, we’re sharing some ways that you can begin doing that. The younger your child is when he or she learns about the importance of good oral hygiene, the easier it will be for them to keep those healthy habits going all throughout their lives.
Begin Good Dental Habits Early On
The earlier you can start talking to your kids about the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth, the better! Even if they only have one tooth, you can begin the conversation about what teeth are for and why you should keep them strong and healthy as possible.
This will set them up for success when it comes to having a healthy mouth in adulthood. It’ll be a high priority that will feel like second nature to them.
Don’t worry if you’re getting a late start on teaching your kids about good oral hygiene! We’ll talk about ways to involve them in the process so even kids who are a bit older can have fun with it.
Model Good Oral Care For Them
Long before they reach that stage when everything parents say and do are an embarrassment, you are your child’s hero. Everything you do, they’ll want to do, too. That’s why it really helps to model the kind of healthy behavior you want them to practice later in life.
Kids are like sponges and will absorb all the same phrases and habits that they observe in you. So make sure you not only remind them when it’s time to brush their teeth, but that you let them see you brush and floss as well.
You can turn your nightly dental care routine into a bonding experience by making it something the family can do together. Not only will the kids look forward to spending that time with you, but you’ll be right there to guide them toward the proper technique for cleaning their teeth and gums.
Give Kids A Role To Play
Every child loves the chance to be in charge. If you give them a role to play in the oral hygiene process, they’ll be engaged and excited about participating.
You can empower them by letting them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste, for example. Bring them along during your next trip to the store and let them make some decisions. If they’re excited about the character or color of their new toothbrush or the yummy flavor of their toothpaste, you’re going to have a much easier time getting them to use those things everyday.
Speak Their Language
The American Dental Association recommends a two minute span for brushing your teeth. But even several seconds can feel like an eternity to a child who doesn’t yet have a matured inner clock! Luckily, you can help your kid stay more focused by speaking a language they understand.
Technology is a great resource for timing your kid’s brushing. Downloading a cool app to use as a timer is an effective way to keep your child engaged in the oral care routine.
Create A Reward System
If your child starts to associate taking care of their teeth with other good things, they’re more likely to stick with it. Creating a system that rewards them for their hard work and effort will make the oral care routine even more fun in your house!
Make Their First Dental Experience A Positive One!
Traumatic experiences at the dentist’s office in childhood can stay with a person well into adulthood. That’s why at Amber Dental, we go out of our way to make sure that your child’s visits with us are positive where they can have fun and feel safe.