Teaching Your Children the Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

If children are still young, a lifetime of good oral health should start as soon as possible. Teaching your kids how to take care of their teeth early is a practice that will benefit them for the rest of their lives, making sure that their perfect, pearly white teeth will last well into adulthood.

Because children are not born knowing how to take proper care of their teeth, or even feeling particularly inclined in doing so, it is up to the elders in their lives, parents, health teachers and their dentist to teach them how to do it adequately.

Brush and Floss Together

Children don’t learn from a handbook or listening to instructions on how to brush and floss their teeth; they should have somebody helping them correct their mistakes. You should always brush and floss next to your children. It’s setting a good example and making sure they do it right.

Visit the Dentist Regularly

Going to the dentist for a check-up at least every six months or, if necessary, more often is very beneficial. A dentist will help identify early signs of cavities and teeth erosion, as well as other dental problems.

Teach Them about Eating Right

Eating the proper foods can go a long way to making sure your child’s teeth are healthy and safe. Avoid large amounts of sugars and starches, as harmful bacteria can develop in the mouth. Also, make sure that your children drink lots of water to help them clean naturally their mouths out.

Use Fluoride

As far as water is concerned, the type you use should be fluoridated to help stave off tooth decay. Try using a mouthwash or other oral aids if the water in your region does not contain fluoride.

If you want to learn more about pediatric dentistry and how to keep the teeth of your children healthy, make an appointment with Dr. Eric Seidel our offices are located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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