4 Ways to Help Your Child Improve Their Oral Hygiene

By Hannah Smith, Parent Herald July 24, 10:10 am
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As a parent, you understand the importance of your children having good oral hygiene. Regular oral care can help prevent tooth and gum disease, as well as more serious problems later. However, teaching children good habits can be challenging. After all, they can be stubborn. 

Here are some tips that can help you maintain your children's oral health:

#1 Lead by Example

It's necessary to brush and floss your teeth regularly to maintain good oral hygiene. The correct use of mouthwash also helps. But developing these habits isn't easy for children. However, it's important for them to do so because good habits learned in childhood are usually instilled in life.

As a parent, you can inspire them by leading by example. After all, children seek to replicate their role-models. The next time you brush your teeth, leave the bathroom door open and let your children watch. If you make the habit appear important but fun, your kids are likely to emulate you. 

#2 Encourage them to Eat Healthily

Every meal we eat leaves behind bacteria on our teeth. This is called plaque. It can weaken the enamel, resulting in cavities. Plague also reacts with certain foods to produce acid that can further weaken teeth. Here, the biggest culprit is sugar.

Aside from brushing and flossing regularly, your children should minimize the consumption of acidic foods or foods that contain sugar to prevent cavities. Try to encourage your children to consume fewer soft drinks, potato chips, fruit juices, popcorn, candy, and peanut butter and jelly in favor of healthier options. 

Encourage them to consume foods that improve saliva flow, which helps clear teeth of harmful substances. Likewise, ask them to stay hydrated. Regular intake of water helps clear acid and sugar residue from the mouth. 

#3 Take Them to the Family Dentist Regularly

Most adults avoid the dentist because of anxiety. And many of these fears stem from childhood. As a parent, you can nip these potential fears in the bud by developing a relationship with the right family dentist. A dental clinic that's passionate about treating children will ensure that your family visit is as stress-free as possible.

It's important to regularly visit the dental clinic because an oral hygienist can help your family keep their oral care on track. Even with regular oral care at home, it's easy to miss pieces of food in hard to reach areas. Here, periodic cleaning from an oral hygienist can help. 

If your child has a misaligned bite, it's important that they see an orthodontist. An orthodontist can fix these issues with a variety of treatment plans, including some modern fixes. For adults, new options for braces include Invisalign, which are more convenient and look more natural than traditional metal brackets. 

#4 Get Them a Smart Toothbrush 

The younger generation loves smart technology. If your child is finding it difficult to stay motivated about their oral care, then consider investing in a smart toothbrush. These devices can make oral care feel fun and exciting because of their high-tech nature. They can also be paired with smartphone apps to help your child brush on schedule. 

By following these tips, you can help your child maintain good oral hygiene. Remember, healthy teeth and gums are not only good for your child's wellbeing but are also good for their self-confidence. 

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