It is important to keep your kids’ teeth healthy. Childhood oral health has the potential to impact the condition of your kids’ teeth throughout their lives. Permanent teeth show up while kids are still relatively young. These are the teeth that your kids will have for the rest of their lives. Keeping your kids’ teeth healthy now can help save them from dealing with recurring dental issues into adulthood. It is not complicated to help your kids keep their teeth healthy but it does require some effort on your part.
Help them establish and follow an oral hygiene routine
The first step to having healthy teeth is to establish and consistently follow a quality oral hygiene routine. As a parent, you are responsible for helping your kids get set up with a good routine. You can get this started while your kids are babies. Some parents clean the gums of their baby with a finger toothbrush or gum cleaner before teeth even emerge. Going through this process in the mornings and at night is a way to start establishing the rhythm of an oral hygiene routine. As your child gets older, that rhythm can be carried over to actually brushing their teeth. A high-quality oral hygiene routine for a child is the same as it is for an adult – brush twice a day, floss at least once, and go to the dentist twice per year.
Model proper oral care
For better or for worse, kids learn more from what they see you do than what you say. Modeling proper oral care may be the best way for you to help your kids keep their teeth healthy. Let your kids see you brushing and flossing. You can go do your oral care routine in the same bathroom as the kids or invite them into yours from time to time. It is also a good idea to let your kids know when you are going to your routine dental visits. Modeling proper oral care to your kids is an essential part of keeping their teeth healthy.
Make routine dental visits a priority
Routine dental visits are important at any stage of life, but during childhood, they are absolutely essential. Routine dental visits will help you protect the health of your kids’ teeth and prevent further issues. There are also a number of problems that can be caught and addressed early in childhood if you keep up with routine dental visits.
Feed your kids a balanced diet
The food and drinks that your kids consume can impact their oral health. A balanced diet will help provide their teeth with the necessary nutrition to form and grow strong. In addition, a balanced diet can help with cavity prevention. One of the biggest causes of cavities in children are sugar-filled drinks like sodas. Simply cutting out those drinks can be a big help in preventing cavities and keeping your kids’ teeth healthy.
It is never too early or too late to help your kids learn how to properly care for their oral health. You can get started today. If your child has never been to the dentist, get started by scheduling an appointment for a cleaning and checkup.