Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Teaching Children Great Oral Habits

teaching children oral habits

We know that children can be quite tough when it comes to brushing their teeth. The maintenance of oral health needs to start at a young age, or else kids may see the early stages of periodontal disease. This disease is when the teeth aren’t flossed thoroughly, causing pockets to accumulate underneath the skin. These pockets typically contain bacteria that causes the gums to recede and the teeth to loosen. If not taken care of early on, or reversed during the early stages, the teeth can become susceptible to falling out.

Let’s take a look at how we can keep our kids on a great dental schedule:

Daily Dental Scheduling

Like anything else, kids need structure. “Forcing” a structure on them from a young age with their health will allow them to see the importance as they grow older. There are many great ways to practice long-term oral health, while simultaneously reducing the likelihood of oral problems. While we know your life isn’t perfect, we think you should do your absolute best to adhere to a schedule.

Infant dental care – you’re probably thinking, “why do I have to start so young?” Simple: the child’s teeth are under their gums, getting ready to erupt after the develop. Since they’re so vulnerable at this age, it’s more important than ever to begin practicing great oral hygiene. You can do this by providing them with a healthy diet, as you should normally.

Their first teeth – It’s no secret that you should get your kids to a dentist as soon as their teeth begin coming in. This way, you can get a screening and x-ray done for them to see what to expect. If you can prevent pain, eruption issues, and problems down the line, you can most likely find this out during the first few screening appointments. You should always plan to go to the dentist with them every 6 months or so during these important stages. The baby teeth eruption is from 6 months to 3 years old.

Permanent teeth – Speaking of those pesky permanent teeth, you’ll be dealing with these from ages of 6-13 with the exception of the 4 wisdom teeth, which those will erupt between the age of 17-21. You should have your children brushing and flossing on their own at this point, and scheduling routine check-ups with their dentist.

Teaching Fantastic Dental Habits

When your child is capable of holding onto a toothbrush, you should be teaching them great oral habits. Some of the tips you should hold onto include the following:

  • Introduce tooth brushing through books and television
  • Create a dental chart that outlines instructions, as well as providing a “fill out” section, where they can place stickers when they’re done with their routine
  • Lead by example through brushing your teeth with them – keep them healthy while keeping yourself health
  • Show and tell while doing so at a young age to help them know what they’re supposed to do, and keep them in a routine
  • Involve them by having them pick out their own dental supplies in the store
  • Teach them about the health risks of not doing so – don’t sugarcoat their minds while brushing the sugar coating away
  • Always teach them proper techniques – if you don’t, you might run the risk of doing more harm than good

Always teach your children great oral habits at an early stage to help them get used to a normal routine. At these ages, they are very susceptible and vulnerable to bacteria and falling out of habit. Prepare their mouth for a healthy future.

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