Kids these days live in the time of instant information. They can literally just say, “Hey Alexa, tell me who won the War of 1812” and get an instant computer-generated fact said out loud to them. For parents, this can be daunting. How do you talk to your children about important things? How do you help them process facts to digest it as nuanced information? While we cannot help with some of the bigger topics in life, we can help provide some tips on how to talk to your kids about oral health. Our team in Galveston, Texas is here to help your family keep healthy smiles.
Stressing the Importance
Children are people who often live in the present. When you have not had many years on earth, it can be difficult to imagine the consequences that may not happen for another ten or more years. When it comes to oral health, it is important for kids to at least understand that they only get two sets of teeth in their lifetime. While they will lose their baby teeth, it is still important to keep them healthy to set the next set up for good health.
Honest But Breezy
As a parent or guardian, it can be tempting to color your child’s experiences with your own. If you have had a bad time at the dentist or if you have dental anxiety, it can be easy to accidentally pass that onto your children. When talking to your kids about oral health or dental visits, be honest, answer questions, but try to keep a positive tone. Visiting the dentist is a good thing and you having a positive attitude can do a lot for your kid’s lifetime relationship with dental care.
Be a Good Example
Your kids pick up on a lot more than your words. The best way to help your kids keep a healthy smile is for you to keep one for yourself. Practice good oral hygiene, make smart choices with food and drink, and visit the dentist on a routine basis.
Talking about oral health is important
We can help discuss the importance of good oral health with your family. To schedule a consultation call Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.