We all know how important keeping our teeth clean and healthy is. Preventative maintenance like brushing and flossing prevents cavities, gum disease, and a whole lot of pain later. As a result proper care is a critical lesson that needs to be passed on to the next generation. As a parent that responsibility will fall to you but there are some great methods to help your kids get on board with dental hygiene.
Be a Role Model
Children learn from what we do and they want to be like mom and dad. If they see you brushing and flossing every day that’s what they’ll want to do too. Encourage that by brushing with them and making sure they see the care and effort you put in to making your own teeth look great.
Take the time to show proper technique. Impart important lessons like using the right amount of tooth paste (a pea-sized dab will do) and brushing gently back and forth and then angling the brush along the gums and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Show them how to brush the pesky inner sides of the teeth and the fun part – brushing their tongue! At around age four food can start getting stuck in children’s teeth and you may have to start flossing for them. By around age eight they’ll be able to floss themselves so make sure they’re aware of proper technique – regardless of the inter-dental instrument your family chooses.
Explain the Importance
As they enter school-age it’s going to be time to teach them why they brush their teeth. Teach them about gingivitis and gum disease and all the unpleasantness that can result from a lack of proper dental care. They’ll be learning some of this in school as well and you should reinforce those lessons at home. If the message isn’t quite getting through take a look at some pictures online of where teeth can end up if they’re not cared for and decide if you want to show your child – it might just frighten them into action.
Teaching your children dental hygiene is critical and you should use all the tools you can to impart to them the wisdom of brushing, flossing, and regular trips to the dentist. If you’re looking for a new dentist for you and your children Pickering Square Dental provides complete service family dentistry. Contact us today.