Of the many things we take for granted, good dental health is definitely one of them.
It is crucial to educate our children regarding the importance of good dental health. By making them aware at an early stage, you can drastically reduce the risk of them contracting any form of diseases resulting from poor oral hygiene.
Here are a few things you need to inform your child regarding dental health.
Before you tell them the dos and don’ts, it is important to set an example. Children are less likely to learn by words; rather, by action.
Take advantage of this by showing them how to take care of their oral hygiene by doing the following:
- Brushing: Brush twice a day in front of the children using an ADA (American Dental Association) approved fluoride toothpaste. Inform them that this prevents nasty plaque from developing on their teeth which causes the teeth to decay (or get hurt, for use of a better word). It also helps in preventing nasty diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis which can further lead to mouth cancer or cause blockages to develop within the arteries of the heart which makes one prone to strokes and heart attacks.
- Flossing: Floss daily to remove bacteria-causing plaque from between the teeth and under the gum-line. This helps prevent the plaque from hardening and turning into tartar, which can only be cleaned and removed by a dentist. Make flossing a fun activity by doing it with your kids. If they have trouble flossing properly, do it for them until they get the hang of it.
- Diet: Eat a healthy and balanced diet which is free from foods including sugar and starch. Both of which produce harmful acids responsible for causing tooth decay. Encourage having dairy products such as yogurt and cheese. Fruit milkshakes are a good option if the children dislike the taste of milk. Your kids are less likely to follow your example if they see you munching on junk food most of the time!
- Fluoride: If possible, get fluoridated water for your children. If the water supply; Bottled, municipal or well is not fluoridated, then your pediatrician or dentist can prescribe fluoride supplements for you.
- Activities: Make dental health fun for the kids. You can hang a smiling poster on the bathroom wall with missing teeth. For every day the children brush, you can allow them to paste a paper-cut “teeth” on the mouth. By the end of the month, they will have a smiling mouth with a full set of teeth!
With these steps in mind, it is important to remember that your child will be exposed to sugary foods and risk of damage to teeth during playtime. Visit our family dentist in Bethesda, MD to get a checkup today and ensure the good oral hygiene for both you and your children!