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3 Tips to Develop Good Oral Habits Within Your Children

A mother and daughter brushing their teeth

Helping your children develop good oral habits is essential for their well-being, and parents should ensure that from the very start. If not, children may come across many dental hygiene issues that will trouble them in the future. So let’s see how parents can instill good oral habits in their kids.

  1. Incentivize Teeth-Brushing

Attaching a reward with brushing teeth can go a long way to make it a solid habit for your children. Whether in the morning or at night before bed, your children should know that brushing their teeth is key to ensuring good dental hygiene and preventing numerous problems. Positively reinforcing teeth-brushing can motivate your children to do so and make them understand its importance.

  1. Regular Dentist Visits

Take your children to your family dentist every three to six months (depending on their dental health) and help them understand how important it is to take care of their teeth. By making frequent visits, they’ll understand that having a dentist who takes care of their oral hygiene is necessary to have healthy teeth and gums. In addition, have your dentist educate them on the dos and don’ts of oral hygiene. This will help them learn its significance.

  1. Lead By Example

If you want your kids to pick up a healthy habit, do it yourself so they’ll mirror you. Children tend to copy things adults around them do. So, practice good dental habits yourself, such as flossing, brushing, avoiding sugary treats, to help your kids understand the value of oral hygiene as well.

 

If you want further guidance on how to help your kids develop good dental habits, visit Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics at your earliest convenience. Book an appointment with Dr. David Garlock or Dr. Matthew Brady to get the best dental treatments for your children.

Posted on Aug 23, 2021
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