Written on Friday, May 20, 2016
One of the most important things we can teach our children is good oral health and proper tooth brushing. Teaching our kids good habits can be a fun experience if a little creativity is involved. Remember, kids, love activities that make them feel grown-up.
When it comes to maintaining healthy teeth, the same rules for adults apply to children. Teach your children to brush at least twice a day (after breakfast and dinner). If you’re really zealous about the importance of dental care, pack a toothbrush and toothpaste in your child’s lunchbox so they can brush at school.
Too much toothpaste can create a lot of unnecessary foam, so try sticking to a small, pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the brush. Be sure to help your child learn to spit out the toothpaste after their finished brushing, as swallowing it can cause a condition called fluorosis, leading to spots on the teeth.
Young children should learn to brush their teeth with a light touch. Hard, forceful brushing can push the gums up and make it more difficult to prevent cavities.
Try these helpful tips for teaching your kids about the importance of good oral hygiene, and watch them form good behaviors for taking care of their teeth.
However, you choose to teach your kids to brush and floss, be sure to shower lots of praise on them for their efforts. An encouraging word will go a long way, and playing a positive, active role will help your child learn good habits that will last a lifetime. For excellence in dental hygiene for the whole family, request an appointment at Carolina Dental Arts. We look forward to helping you achieve a bright, healthy smile.
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