Tips On Giving Your Kids Great Dental Habits
Family dentistry requires teamwork. Your family needs to take care of brushing and flossing at home, while our highly skilled team needs to provide the dental cleanings, dental exams, and other treatments as necessary.
That’s why you need to call our Rochester, MN dental office today at 507-216-6252. Our dental team knows how to work well with children and help keep their smiles healthy.
How To Give Great Dental Habits To Your Kids
Between Northwest Dental Group and you, we can help your children have healthy teeth and gums. That said, your kids need to be part of the team as well. After all, they’re the ones doing the brushing, flossing, and more. That’s why it’s so important to instill great dental habits in your children. Things will go much more smoothly if you don’t have to get on their case all the time.
The following tips can help give your kids those great habits. However, you cannot wave a magic wand here. These will take repetition and time to fully develop as a habit.
– Make plain water the default drink at home.
Water is good for your dental health in a couple of ways. First, it washes off any acids or sugars stuck to your kids’ teeth and gums. This reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Second, staying hydrated lets you have more saliva which also washes away acids and sugars. Lastly, tap water often has fluoride to help strengthen teeth.
– Every so often, allow your kids to see you brush and floss.
Children can’t want to do grown-up stuff. That’s why they often imitate what their parents do. However, the opposite is true: Kids often don’t do things they never see adults do. That’s true for brushing and flossing. If your kids never see you take care of your teeth and gums, they will assume adults don’t do that — and then they won’t.
You don’t have to make a spectacle out of it. But every now and then, make sure your children see you brush and floss. As they start to realize it’s what the grown-ups do, they will be more likely to do it themselves without being told to.
– Schedule dental cleanings and dental exams together.
Along the same lines, taking your kids to our Rochester, MN dental office with you can be a powerful motivator. For many kids, dental offices are a bit scary. It’s full of strange people, machines, and noises. That can make them want to avoid going.
But when you call us at 507-216-6252 and schedule your appointments together, you can be there to help them feel safe and happy at the dentist’s office. By giving them a strong foundation like this, you are giving your kids a good habit that can last their whole lives.
– Limit how often your kids enjoy diet soda and fruit juices.
You know that sugar can lead to cavities, which is why you’re careful about what your kids eat and drink. But there are two common drinks that prove to be problems for your kids’ dental health.
Diet soda has no sugar, but it’s full of acid. Drinking diet soda coats the teeth and gums in acid that can irritate gum tissues and erode enamel. Many teens develop a habit of soda drinking, so limiting this drink can help create a better habit.
While fruit juices are full of vitamin-C, they are also full of sugar. Unsweetened varieties are better, but all fruit has sugar. Plus, all such juices are highly acidic like diet coke. It’s not like you need to avoid all juices, but limit how much they drink to help their teeth and gums stay healthy.
– Take your kids to the store and let them pick out their toothbrushes.
Because they’re so young, your kids don’t have a lot of control over their lives. That’s sensible. Otherwise, they might eat nothing but sugar! You can take advantage of this to help your kids get into brushing and develop that as a great dental habit.
When they are ready for a toothbrush (new or replacement), bring them to the store and let them pick it out. Giving them just a little control here can make a big difference for them.
Call us TODAY at 507-216-6252 or use our online form to schedule a family dentistry appointment. Our dentists have experience working well with children and can help them feel more relaxed and happy about their visit.