Brushing and flossing teeth is not the most exciting thing in the world, but is essential in making sure we maintain good oral health.
The same goes for your child’s teeth. Even though they start off with baby teeth and grow into their adult teeth in time, it is extremely important to get them into the habit of brushing and flossing regularly. Developing healthy oral habits will help them maintain healthy teeth for their entire lives. Plus, it will save them from tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and other not-so-fun problems in the future.
If you are looking for a dentist for your child, have a visit with Woodbridge Kids Dentistry. Our dedicated team specializes in pediatric dentistry, and helps your child maintain good oral health right through their teenage years. But good oral health starts right from the first tooth; here are some of our tips for teaching kids about healthy habits for oral health.
Most children will have a full set of baby teeth by the age of three; your child’s baby teeth are at risk for tooth decay and other oral diseases as soon as they appear. It’s better to start introducing healthy oral habits early, as this will help get kids into the habit sooner.
Don’t forget to introduce flossing early as well; as soon as your child’s teeth are touching together flossing should be introduced. Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque stuck in between teeth and gums. If left alone, it can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Your child should be flossing at least once a day to remove any leftovers.
Don’t use scare tactics to frighten your child into brushing his or her teeth everyday. It might be easier to tell them scary stories about dental procedures if they don’t brush their teeth, but this can increase their anxiety about going to the dentist. Instead of using punishments and threats, try praising them when they brush and floss, and give them rewards when they get cavity-free dental checkups. Read them stories about visiting the dentist, play dentist with them and their favorite toys, and make sure to set up a daily schedule for brushing their teeth to get them excited.
This will make them look forward to their dentist visits rather than fear them, and will get them in the habit of brushing and flossing regularly if they view it as a positive.
Lead by Example
Kids want to grow up fast, and will imitate what you do, so set a good example. If they see you brushing your teeth and flossing regularly, they’ll do it too. Try brushing your teeth along with them so that they see you do it, and make them want to as well.
Get your child a toothbrush with a smaller brush head. It will be easier for them to use, and it will fit into their mouths better, making it much easier to clean their teeth.
Who really wants to spend 2 minutes with a nasty taste in their mouth? No one, especially not your kid. Let your child pick out their toothpaste flavour. If they like the flavour, it will encourage them to brush longer and better, and create much less of a hassle for you.
For a better clean, toothbrushes should be changed every three months. Also, just like toothpaste, let your child pick his or her own toothbrush. It will make them feel included and make oral hygiene more exciting for them.
For more information about your child’s specific oral health, make an appointment with your Woodbridge Dentist today! Call Woodbridge Kid Dentistry at (905) 264-1543 or book an appointment online!