Do your kid’s have healthy dental habits? If not, now is a great time to get them started on an easy to follow schedule.
It’s that time of the year again when you are getting your kids adjusted to their new school routine. Aside from new clothes, books, and school supplies, you also need to make sure that they remain healthy. It is important to schedule routine, check up with your child’s dentist. Having a dental checkup helps ensure that your kid’s teeth are healthy and are free of decay. Regular dental visits allow your child’s dentist to be able to fix any dental problems early on. Plus, scheduling visits before school starts can help ensure that your kids aren’t missing time away from school.
According to the American Dental Association, ADA, dental examinations are as important as your children having immunizations and booster shots. Dental problems can lead to various health problems including difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Visit your dentist at least twice a year; that’s every 6 months. If your child is experiencing dental problems, these should be a quarterly habit. Your dentist has a significant role in monitoring your children’s oral health as they grow. They will be able to see where improvements are needed, and they have all the tools necessary to maintain the best health for the teeth. Some of the things that the dentist will check include the medical and dental history of your child, their teeth, jaw, and gums.
Encourage Healthy Dental Habits
To fight periodontal disease, flossing and brushing the teeth with fluoride-based toothpaste at least twice a day. It is common for kids to forget healthy dental habits, so parents should guide them early on. Encourage your kids to take care of their teeth by tagging them along in the dental health isle once in a while when shopping. Remember, your child’s toothbrush should also be replaced once every 3 months.
Reward Your Kids For Practicing Healthy Dental Habits Accordingly
Develop an incentive-based system, where your child gets a reward each time they contribute to maintaining healthy dental habits. This will help them remember to become conscious with their teeth through the rest of their lives.
Encourage Your Kids to Eat Healthy
You are what you eat, especially to your gums and teeth. Get your kids to start eating a healthy diet early on to protect their oral health. Drinking too much sugary and consuming starchy food is like feeding the bacteria in the mouth. Let your kids consume more vegetables instead of chocolate bars to take care of their teeth better.
With healthy dental habits, your child may never need to skip school because of dental issues. Remember your dental health will say a lot about your overall health. Teaching them early will help your kids learn how to take care of their teeth better throughout the rest of their lives.