At A Smile 4 U, we believe that prevention is essential to optimal oral health. For this reason, we try our hardest to educate our patients on proper dental care techniques and hygiene, and this is no different for children. Teaching children proper oral hygiene from an early age can help ensure optimal oral health throughout life.
- Select the Right Dentist – When selecting a dentist for your family, be sure to choose a dentist everyone will trust and like. Certain dentists specialize in pediatric dentistry and may have the skills and knowledge to make the experience more pleasant for younger patients.
- Visit the Dentist Regularly – Scheduling routine oral examinations and dental cleanings can not only be beneficial for your child’s dental health but can also help build trust and make your child comfortable with the idea of visiting the dentist and receiving treatment.
- Lead by Example – Children like to imitate and learn from adults, so lead by example. Be sure to practice proper oral hygiene techniques and teach your child that cleaning your mouth can be fun!
- Be Proactive – Assuming that your children have brushed their teeth is never good, be sure to ask your children if they have brushed their teeth before school and when getting ready for bed. With so much going on in their developing lives, sometimes forgetting happens!
- Use a Straw – When drinking any beverage other than water, always use a straw. This can help protect teeth from the acidity and sugar in the beverages.
- Reduce Sugar Intake – Sugar is not only bad for your health, but it can also wreak havoc on teeth. Try replacing sugary beverages and snacks with healthier options such as vegetables, fruits, and water.
- Encourage – Brushing your teeth is important after every meal, encourage your children to bring a travel toothbrush with them to school. They can be easily packed in a backpack or lunchbox and can be used after snacks and lunch at school.
- Teach – Not only is brushing highly important but so is flossing, be sure to teach your kids the importance of flossing teeth and also teach them how to do so. Flossing can help prevent decay, gingivitis and gum disease.
- Reward – Everyone knows that children love rewards, so always reward your children for making healthy choices, especially when it comes to food. Fruits and vegetables are not only better for your body but also for your oral health.