What parents do in the early years of life has a big impact on their kids’ dental health.
With that in mind, here are some dental health tips that can help your child maintain a healthy smile now and in the future.
Be a good role model
As in other areas of life, children model their dental health behavior on that of adults around them. So it’s important that parents take good care of their dental health.
Supervise your child
To help teach good habits, keep an eye on your child.
According to Colgate Professional, “Parents should lead and supervise their children’s toothbrushing approximately for the first 12 years, until motor and mental functions allow the child to routinely perform a proper toothbrushing technique alone. After brushing the teeth for their children for the first 2 years of life, parents will have to use playful motivation to encourage their children to brush their own teeth from about 3 years onwards – the time when children want to brush their teeth alone. Each time the child has finished brushing, parents should re-brush the hard-to-clean areas.”
Keep regular dental appointments
Regular dental appointments now can help your child build a lifelong dental health habit. That can help them maintain a healthy smile as they reach adulthood.
“Keep a regular routine of visiting the dentist twice a year, and involve your children. By keeping your appointments, you make it a normal activity, and they will make it a ritual. Your child should have their first dental appointment within 6 months of their first tooth or their first birthday, whichever comes first, and then twice a year after that,” writes Perfect Teeth.