Building Good Dental Habits In Children
Teaching your child the importance of proper care of their teeth at a young age is a health investment that will pay lifelong dividends. The first place to start is with you setting a good example. Taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued and worth the time.
It's critical for parents to remember that brushing teeth is not an optional activity for your child. Brushing prevents one of the most common childhood disease, tooth decay. Decay can which can begin as soon as their first baby teeth emerge! So start building good dental habits early.
One thing is almost certain, you will face resistance to tooth brushing at some point during your child's early years. Whining, crying, and the inevitable temper tantrum will be happen. You must hold your ground and not give in. The worst thing yo can do is skipping out on brushing or finding a way to forcibly brush your child's teeth.
Anything that makes taking care of teeth fun, like brushing along with your child or letting them choose their own toothbrush, encourages a foundation for good habits.
Try some of these ideas to help you win the tooth brushing battle for good:
1. Start early
The earlier your child begins brushing, the more routine it will become. Before teeth emerge, wipe your baby's gums with a damp cloth after each feeding. Start brushing once the first tooth arrives.
2. Let your child choose their toothbrush
Not only does this allow your child to have some control over the tooth brushing experience, it also increases the chances that your little one will look forward to using the products. Toddlers can choose among character toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes and flavored toothpastes. Your child can also choose flavored floss or floss holders.
3. Make brushing fun
Play music while your child brushes. It creates a great atmosphere while also helping you make sure your child brushes. Create your own little silly tooth brushing song. Try adding a brushing friend. Your child may enjoy "brushing" the teeth of a favorite stuffed animal or doll before you brush his or her teeth.
4. Combine it with another activity
Aim to brush before some highly desirable activity. If your child enjoys a story before bedtime, brush right before. If bath time is fun, combine it with brushing.
5. Offer them a little reward
Use a tooth brushing chart to track how often your child brushes without a fuss. Place a sticker on the chart with each success and offer a reward when your child obtains a certain number of stickers.
6. Make brushing a family affair
Brush your own teeth while your child brushes. If there are bothers and sisters, they can brush at the same time.
7. Build in consistency
If you brush in the morning after breakfast and at night before story time, keep it that way every day. This consistency will help your child know what to expect and reduces complaints and resistance.
8. Always lead by example
If you take care of your teeth, your child will know it's an important thing that must be done. Be enthusiastic about showing your little one how fun brushing is and exaggerate your motions so they are easier to copy.
Building a foundation for good oral hygiene shouldn't be a war of wills between you and your child. Follow a few of these simple ideas to insure that your child will take care of their teeth for life.
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