Children Should Develop Good Dental Care Habits Early. Here’s Why.

You should value dental hygiene in your children for the same reasons you value it in yourself. Regularly brushing & flossing keeps your mouth clean & helps prevent tooth decay. Eating well likewise helps keep your teeth healthy, & regular visits to the dentist ensure you & your child will be on top of any issues that crop up throughout your lives.

It’s simple: kids should develop healthy habits early on, & dental care habits are no different. Good dental habits last a lifetime, ideally, & while it’s never too late to learn them, the best time is when you’re young.

If you help your child develop good dental care habits, it is likely that they will keep them later in life. Certainly, it is easier for a child to develop new habits than an adult. Taking the time to develop stellar tooth care habits in your child will pay dividends for them down the road, both in terms of having healthy teeth & gums & in terms of avoiding difficult dental work to repair what good habits would have prevented.

There’s one major way to prepare your child for a life of dental wellness, & that’s to lead by example. If your child sees you brushing your teeth every day, they’ll want to do the same! Similarly, if you avoid sugary drinks like soda, & eat & drink a healthy diet, it will be easy to convince your child to do the same.

One specific & important example to set for your child is how to visit the dentist. If you’re nervous in the office, it’s easy for them to pick up on that & become anxious. When you visit the dentist with your child, remember to give them a general idea of what’s going to happen & make sure they know you are calm & confident. Easy early visits to the dentist may prevent a child from fearing visits later on.

Of course, if your child is an infant (congratulations!) they won’t be able to brush or floss their own teeth. Consult your doctor on how best to maintain your baby’s oral & dental health prior to their being able to do so themselves, & remember that a child’s first dental appointment should take place six months after their first tooth arrives.

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