Healthy habits are one of the best gifts a parent can give a child. That includes good dental hygiene.
These tips can help you encourage lifelong dental healthy habits for the children in your life.
Be a good role model
As with many other dental hygiene tips, this one’s pretty simple to follow. If your kids see you exercising healthy habits, they’re likely to follow your lead.
“Brush and floss with your kids, rather than sending them into the bathroom on their own. Instead of treating it as a chore, make it part of the daily routine,” according to the Perfect Teeth blog.
Use toothpaste with fluoride
Brushing twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride can help set your child up for healthy teeth, long-term, writes HuffPost contributor Marissa D. Price.
“From the very first tooth, your child can use the same toothpaste as you. Fluoride taken in from foods, beverages, dietary supplements, and, yes, toothpaste, helps make the surface of the tooth, the enamel, stronger,” Price writes.
Keep dental appointments
You should be in the habit of making and keeping two dental checkups a year for yourself.
That’s another habit that should be passed on to your child. “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,” writes Perfect Teeth.
Eat healthy foods
One time-honored strategy for keeping kids’ teeth healthy is to avoid sugary snacks.
“Avoiding sugary drinks and foods not only helps overall health but it can create a discussion about cavities. When sugar is allowed to sit on your teeth, it can create decay, and we all want healthy, strong teeth to enjoy the things we love,” writes Perfect Teeth.