Habits are acquired in early childhood. It’s the parental duty to teach the good ones because family plays an important role in maintaining them. Much depends on the parental example - the child carries it throughout their entire life, even unconsciously. It is very important to take care of the child’s habits that concern health and not to let any neglect become a habit.
Dental health is very important, but many people understand it only when something starts to hurt in their mouth. This is also a result of the lack of dental health culture in the families where they grew up. If many of us were taught since the earliest childhood about the importance of proper dental care, how many problems and expenses could have been avoided?
What to Teach Your Child About Oral Health
Below are the things that even a little child is able to understand and remember. They are relevant for adult people as well. If your child will remember and get used to this, you may be sure that in the adult life he or she will know how to care about their dental health. It’s your investment into your child’s future health.
Teeth should be brushed properly
Your child should remember that brushing teeth for 2 minutes twice a day is a must. Moreover, it’s not only a matter of time but also about proper movements performed with a toothbrush. They should swipe the dental plaque off the teeth, as if with the broom. Otherwise, teeth won’t be properly cleaned.
Floss is important
A toothbrush even operated correctly can’t reach between the teeth and clean all the plaque and food leftovers there. But floss can do it. It’s important to use it gently and not to damage the gentle gum tissue. Teeth should be flossed at least once a day.
Dentist isn’t evil…
Odontophobia in a child may become the cause for suffering and serious dental problems in an adult age. Preventive visits to a pediatric dentist are the best way to make your child friends with this doctor. Dentists shouldn’t be associated with pain and disease, this is why it is important not to wait until something hurts and get the child used to going to the doctor just to be sure everything is fine.
Dental enamel in kids is very fragile. Sweets feed the tooth decay-provoking bacteria in the mouth and promote the development of cavities. After eating candy, the mouth should be rinsed to wash away the sugar. And it is inappropriate to suck candies or sip slurpies for hours - the shorter contact of the sweets with the mouth, the better.
Hard fruits and veggies are friends
They are all benefits - tasty, crispy and packed with vitamins and important nutrients. Besides, they are very good for the child’s developing gums and jaws - chewing them boosts the blood supply, strengthens gum and helps them grow proportionally. As if it wasn’t enough, there’s something more - hard fruits and vegetables remove the dental plaque. Your child should know that there is always a healthy snack around.
These things don’t seem new but are overlooked in many families. Maintaining healthy oral hygiene in your child by your own example is investing into their future.