Teaching good dental hygiene can help kids develop healthy habits that benefit them through adulthood! Learning how to brush, floss, and use mouthwash properly will help your child avoid costly, painful, and potentially long-term effects. Poor dental hygiene can lead to crooked teeth that require braces, cavities, gingivitis, tooth loss, and other serious issues.
Here are a few tips for teaching your little ones the importance of dental hygiene, so they grow up with strong teeth and healthy gums!
- Start early
The key to teaching kids good dental hygiene is starting early. As soon as they start eating solids, it’s time to use a soft-bristled toothbrush – even if they don’t have many teeth yet. Use gentle strokes and a pea-sized amount of child-safe toothpaste until they are old enough to brush their own teeth properly. It might feel silly to brush mostly gums, but it will help keep their mouth clean AND develop the brushing habit.
- Take them to see a dentist regularly
You should take your kids to see a dentist regularly so that they can check for any issues with their teeth or gums before they become major problems in the future. It’s recommended to make their first appointment within 6 months of their first tooth.
- Lead by example
Brush your teeth and floss in the morning and at night with your little one. They will have an easier time getting into the habit if they see that their parents follow the same rules!
- Make it fun
Allow your kids to pick their own toothbrushes and toothpaste. Also, consider playing a 2-minute song or video to keep your little one engaged in the task and ensure they’re bushing for the proper amount of time.
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