Brushing and flossing teeth is one of the earliest life lessons we teach our children, and the concept of good hygiene overall is one of the most important ones. However, your desire to help protect your child’s smile doesn’t stop there. At our Galveston, TX, children’s dental office, educating young patients about their oral health and giving them the tools to care for it are paramount to the services we provide. That includes helping you optimize the lessons you teach and the examples you set to improve your chances of teaching your children to keep their smiles healthy.
A few lessons in teaching
There’s nothing inherently fun or exciting about brushing and flossing teeth, which makes teaching it to children more challenging. It is highly important, though, so making good hygiene lessons fun, or at least interesting, is well worth the effort. Talk to young children as you brush and floss by explaining what your doing in story-form. Or, make cleaning teeth a challenge to overcome as you brush and floss together. The more engaged you can make children in learning to brush and floss, the more effectively the lessons will stick with them through the years.
Leading by example
Once children are old enough to brush and floss their own teeth, continue teaching by doing it together and showing how to hold the brush, how to angle it, etc. Be sure to brush at least twice every day and floss at least once so your child develops a consistent habit (and to keep your smile healthy, as well). Also, teach and show your child to eat responsibly by refraining from snacking on sugary treats and beverages often. They may resist in their younger years, but as adults, they’ll remember and pass on the lessons of avoiding cavities by avoiding excessive sugar consumption.
Making dental trips consistent
Another important example to set is the habit of visiting the dentist at least once every six months for routine checkups and cleanings. Once your child is at least one year old, or develops the first primary tooth, you should schedule an initial introductory visit to our office. Bring your child with you every time you have an appointment after that, and begin scheduling their own appointments after the age of three. The sooner children become acquainted with visiting the dentist, the easier it is for them to attend their scheduled visits in the future.
Schedule a dental visit for your child
There’s only so much you can do for your child’s smile, but if you do it right, you can have a positive impact on their future hygiene and oral health. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.