Building Good Habits

Building Good Habits: The Importance of Teaching Your Children Good Oral Hygiene

Dental hygiene is a habit that people need to perform consistently throughout their life.  Why not help children develop the habit early? By learning how to brush and floss properly and regularly at an early age, children are more likely to maintain good oral hygiene through their lives.  Some things that are important for children to understand are how long to brush, places in the teeth that food can hide, the importance of brushing all sides of the teeth, how to floss between the teeth and in the gums.

In addition to teaching their children oral hygiene practices, parents can help children develop good habits by leading by example.  If children see their parents brushing and flossing regularly as well as making regular dental checkups, they are more likely to follow the example.

Although parents probably play the most influential role in helping their children develop good oral hygiene habits, there are other people that can help children develop these habits.  One of those resources is pediatric dentists.  Pediatric dentists are not only specially trained in to work with kids but are also educated in child psychology methods.  Many pediatric dentists can explain oral hygiene in a simple, non-threatening way that children can understand.  Taking your son or daughter for regular visits to a pediatric specialist can help in preventing cavities and other tooth decay.

The toothbrush and toothpaste industry also have had a hand in promoting children’s oral health.  Today, they create children’s toothbrushes that include a song playing device that indicate to children how long they need to brush for.  They also make special fluoride toothpastes that make brushing a more enjoyable, kid-friendly experience.

Teaching children good oral care habits at a young age also helps prevent cavities.  Unless taught, most children don’t understand proper brushing and flossing procedures.  As a result, these children often miss spots when brushing and flossing.  This can result in tooth decay in their early years.

Although children’s primary teeth do eventually fall out, it is still important to care for those teeth.  Those teeth still play an important role in the child’s life, helping him or her talk and eat.  By taking the steps to teach children good oral hygiene, parents can help their children avoid cavities and fillings.  This not only helps the parent’s pocketbook but also prevents the child from having to undergo a cavity filling procedure.

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