It is important to teach kids at a young age how to take care of their teeth. They use their teeth to help them eat and talk. Creating a healthy dental care routine can help create good habits for your kids as they grow up. If kids are not taught the importance of dental care their teeth can become infected, get diseases, or other dental problems. There are a few ways you as a parent can help build these good habits for your kids.
Allow your kids to choose their own toothbrush. There are a variety of colors and characters that kids can choose from that they will like. Letting them pick their favorite color or character helps get them excited to use the toothbrush.
To keep kids interested in wanting to brush their teeth, there are also a variety of flavors of toothpaste. There are a variety of characters that kids can choose from that will match their toothbrush as well. Kids will be more willing to brush their teeth if they are involved in the process of choosing the products they use.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dentists recommend kids brushing their teeth for at least two minutes. To make sure your kids are brushing this long, you can set a timer for them. You can also play one of their favorite songs and have them brush to the song, which makes brushing their teeth something fun for them to do.
If you are struggling to explain to your kids the proper way to brush their teeth, you can read books or watch videos made for kids to teach them about dental care. You can also have the dentist teach them the proper way to brush when they go for a check-up. Kids should start visiting the dentist by their first birthday. This allows the dentist to catch any dental issues your child might be prone to. At Balle and Associates, they can help your kids feel comfortable and create a pleasant experience going to the dentist for the first time.
Teach your kids to brush their teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. If kids see that dental care is important to you and see you brush and floss with them, they will want to do it as well. These good dental habits can help keep your kids’ teeth healthy and save you on dental work, which can become expensive for infected or decaying teeth.
Lastly, it is important to make sure your kids are not eating a lot of sugary and starchy foods. Consuming soda, juice and sweetened drinks can also lead to cavities. Limiting sweet snacks and drinks between meals and having your kids brush their teeth after can help prevent infection.
To make sure your kids’ teeth are being cleaned properly, they should go to the dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. The dentist can make sure your kids’ teeth are healthy and can give suggestions to help maintain a healthy mouth. The staff at Balle and Associates specialize in kid’s dentistry to help give your kids the care they need for healthy teeth. Call us at (702) 862-2973 to make an appointment.