Parents care about their child’s health all the time, striving to go above and beyond to ensure safety and the best conditions for their child’s development. Many parents have a tough time judging how much dental care their kids need, how to approach it, and how to make a habit out of dental care. Here is a short guideline to help you make it easy on yourself, that will ensure the smile of your child by following through with it.
Health comes from the food we eat, and you, as a parent, want to be certain your child gets all the minerals, vitamins, fibres, protein, and simply the ingredients they need to stay healthy and grow properly. The problem being here is that that food with a lot of sugars and bad carbohydrates is everywhere. Try adding these foods to your children’s diet as later as possible, and do not forget to eat with them so that they see what are the best meals around. Protein, fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy should be the basics of your and your children’s nutrition.
Brushing teeth as a habit
Implementing teeth brushing and flossing as a regular part of the day isn’t always easy. One late morning easily turns into a few and a habit is gone. Coming up with a morning checklist, or a song to sing together while brushing, checking out every tooth while brushing, or simply doing it together – each brushing is a step further to habit development. Be persistent and check their ‘work’ until they learn how to do it themselves and think of it as a part of the routine. Even better, in time they will want to do it themselves since being used to the clean teeth will make them avoid going to bed and getting up with bad breath.
A visit to the dentist should be done with the first tooth, and the choice for your child’s professional teeth care should stay the same as long as possible to follow their growth and make appropriate additional steps – like getting braces or fluoride protection, to ensure your child’s beautiful smile stays there. Preventive dental care can save you later issues with tooth decay and will ensure less expensive and less extensive treatments in the future. Oral issues can prevent regular eating, studying, and they really are painful the longer they stay in your child’s mouth, whereas prevention can solve any possible issue in the early stage, lessening the pain and the trauma connected to it.
Be the example of a healthy dental care
To be certain your child will have the best supervision and role model, along with regularly demonstrating how it’s done, be regular with the teeth brushing and flossing. As we have mentioned, the family activity can be brushing teeth, as well as checking the cleanliness and breath afterward. Make it a game of completed tasks, and try to do it with them so that your list will always be checked. A good foundation of the organization is definitely beneficial as the amount of responsibilities does grow with the number of candles on the birthday cake.
Help them understand why it’s important
As a parent, you are the ‘know-it-all’, the walking encyclopaedia of the family. That is why you will certainly know why it is so important to wash regularly? Why wash tongue when it tickles? Why are teeth white? If by any chance, the questions get overwhelming, your visit to the children’s dentist should clear out the clouds. Communication with the doctor is essential in successful treatment, so why not start early? Questions about teeth, oral care, and even nutrition will be a bonding experience and ease the appointment.
Dental care starts before the first tooth
Finally, even before the kids are able to understand what is happening, their gum can become infected and their first teeth jeopardized by the teeth caries. The first baby’s teeth care would consist of a wet washcloth over the gum after each feeding, since the sugars in the mother’s milk and bacteria that easily get to their mouth can become the source of the decay. As the teeth start coming in, switch a wet cloth for a soft, small-bristled toothbrush with water, as well as ask your dentist when and whether to put fluoride varnish on your child’s first teeth to protect them from cavities. The baby food can easily cause bacteria overgrowth and affect your child’s little teeth, so do not forget that persistency is the solution. The early the habit, the easier will it get to make it permanent addition to the daily routine.
It is not that hard to help your child with the routine if it is a part of your own routine, so do not forget that they will want to do what they see you doing. Since that is the case, the best solution is to show what is normal and how it is done from the start to the end. Oral care is not hard, it is a pat of routine.
About the Guest Author
My name is Grace Wilson. I’m a 27-year-old biotechnologist and kind of a bookish girl. Surfing the Internet is my favorite, that’s why I’ve turned into blogging. Following a healthy mindset and lifestyle is what I consider my life principle. If interested, follow my Twitter.