February 22, 2019
How do you feel when your child gives you a big grin? Whether you’re laughing about something silly, sharing a big moment, or just talking about everyday things, those smiles will turn into memories that you’ll treasure forever. But how healthy are those smiles? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which makes it the perfect time to reflect on whether you’re doing all you can to help your little one maintain sound, functional teeth and gums. A family dentist in Beaumont is here to talk about the importance of instilling good habits in your children and provide tips on how you can teach them about proper oral health care.
Establish the Foundation for Lifelong Dental Health
Children have an amazing capacity for learning, and they’re eager to take in knowledge. That’s why it’s never too early to start teaching your child about the importance of dental health. Not only will these lessons persist with them throughout adulthood, but they will also protect your child’s smile right now.
Some parents are under the impression that baby teeth are not important because they fall out eventually anyway. However, it is a serious mistake to think that way. Baby teeth aid in the proper development of permanent teeth, and they help a child learn how to speak correctly. Additionally, painful dental problems can affect a child’s ability to concentrate on schoolwork and interact well in social situations.
Tips for Teaching Healthy Habits
Here are some ideas to help you teach your child about proper oral healthcare:
- Bring them to the dentist. Regular cleanings and checkups are essential for children. Plus, the friendly staff in your dentist’s office are pros at teaching kids about oral health.
- Set the example. When your child notices that you are diligent about brushing and flossing your own teeth, they’re likely to follow suit.
- Search for age-appropriate educational materials. org, the American Dental Association’s website, has lesson plans and activity sheets that you might find useful.
- Monitor their habits. Even after your child develops the dexterity needed to brush and floss their own teeth, you should continue to supervise them until you’re sure they know how to do a thorough job.
- Make healthy snack choices. Cheese, certain fruits and vegetables, and nuts are all tooth-friendly snack choices. Try not to keep any sugar-loaded goodies in the house. Also, be sure to check food labels for their sugar content; some items that are marketed for their health benefits (like some types of yogurt) actually have outrageous amounts of the sweet stuff.
How is your child’s smile doing? Making the effort to teach them good habits now will spare them from pain and set them up for a lifetime of healthy, happy grins.
About the Practice
West End Dental Group has been providing high-quality oral healthcare to the Beaumont community for years. We are happy to work with patients of all ages, including children as young as three or four years old. If it is time for your little one’s next checkup, or you have questions about how to care for their teeth and gums, contact our team at 409-860-9600.
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