If you are like most parents, you’ve had some extra time with your kids over the past several weeks. While it can be stressful at times if you have young children, there are also countless opportunities to teach them some important lessons about life and their health. What are you teaching your kids about dental care? Considering that oral health and overall health are tightly linked together, you are making remarkable, life-long investments in your child when you educate them about taking care of their teeth and gums.
Where do you start? Teaching your children about dental health doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, a few simple rules can go a long way towards a healthy, growing smile. Consider including the following truths in your “dental care lessons from home”:
#1 Diet Makes a Difference
Children often know the association between sugary treats and cavities. However, be sure to also teach them about the way certain foods can boost their oral health. For example, strawberries and apples can help keep their teeth clean while cheese can stimulate their salivary glands and help rinse away plaque-causing materials.
#2 Floss, Floss, Floss
Do you let your child get away with not flossing every day? You are not alone. However, flossing is a critical component of good dental care, and it accounts for cleaning up to 35% of your tooth surfaces. Invest in a fun flossing tool to make flossing easier and more enjoyable.
#3 Pay Attention to Your Toothbrush
Kids should use a “soft-bristled” brush that is gentle on the gums. It is also important to replace a toothbrush after three months or when the bristles are frayed. Young children tend to brush vigorously and wear down their toothbrush prematurely. Take the time to instruct your child on the correct way to brush as well as the best way to store their toothbrush after they are done.
#4 The Dentist is Nothing to Fear
It is common for young children to have anxiety and fear about going to the dentist. This can often be curbed and even avoided by how parents talk about the dentist at home. Be truthful about what happens at dental visits but use positive, kid-friendly language. There are countless videos and books to help your child overcome their fear of the dentist.
Schedule Your Pediatric Dental Visit
At Avalon Dental Group, we proudly treat your entire family – including the youngest members in your household! In fact, we love fostering healthy smiles in children. Our office offers a full range of dental services for kids, including cleanings, sealants and fillings. As a parent, one of your biggest responsibilities towards your child’s health is to bring them to the dentist every six months. Get your child’s dental checkup on the calendar today!