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Health 365 views Oct 09, 2017
Dentistry for Children: 5 Oral Hygiene Tips to Tell Your Kids

 

Like most children, your child causes trouble when it comes time to brush their teeth. Every day feels like a battle with them. Even though you succeed, you feel tired, exhausted, and frustrated towards the end of it all. By making your kids brush their teeth, you are ensuring good dental hygiene. Keep up the good job regardless of how tiring it is and follow these tips to instill good dental hygiene habits in your kids:

1. Set an Example for Your Kids

If they see their mother or father eating the wrong things, they will follow suit. They too will want to sugary food that leads to cavities. You do not have to restrict sugary snacks, but you need to give more emphasis to eating fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water instead of caffeinated drinks.

2. Do Not Forget to Visit Your Dentist

You need to take your kid to your family dentist regularly. If the dentist discovers a cavity during their routine dental checkup, they can clean out the cavity, thus preventing a root canal or further cavities. Make sure the dentist you select for your child to visit provides a kid-friendly atmosphere. Ask your friends and family about any dentists near you or search the internet using the phrase, “dentist near me” to find one near you.

3. Make Brushing Teeth Enjoyable

Make brushing their teeth a fun activity. Put on music and sing songs while you and your child brush their teeth. If you have more than one child, make brushing teeth a family activity. Give your kids toothpaste and toothbrush with cartoon characters on them so they look forward to brushing their teeth each day. You can even download a brushing app on your mobile app to make brushing a game.

4. Make Flossing Fun

Do you know what children hate more than brushing teeth? — flossing! You need to teach your kids about the importance of flossing their teeth regularly, especially after meals. Flossing will keep their gums and teeth healthy. You can easily find kid-friendly floss at the store.

You can even ask your family dentist to help you teach your kids about the proper way of flossing their teeth. You can guide them at home and show them how to floss by flossing your teeth at the same time as them.

5. Ask Your Dentist about Sealants

If your child is prone to cavities, you need to ask your dentist about sealants. The dentist will tell about the benefits of sealants and how they help protect the area that is more prone to cavities. If your child has a hereditary condition such as amelogenesis imperfecta, consider sealants for your child.

Whether you have kids or not, you can even benefit from adopting these habits. If you and your child have not gone to a dentist in more than a month, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to let them inspect the condition of your teeth.