Raising kids is tough work. You need all the help you can get. If you’re kids have great dental habits, that’s one less thing you have to worry about. Call us today at 918-925-9687 to schedule an appointment for your family. Then follow these tips to build great dental habits in your children.
The Most Important Tip For Dental Habits
When it comes to your children, this rule is probably the most powerful tool to use: They tend to do what you do.
Kids are way more observant than most adults give them credit for. They don’t just see things — they notice patterns. They also tend to want to be adults, or at least do what adults do. That’s because they’re excited about growing up and impressing you.
If you don’t take care of your teeth, your children will probably notice. Then they’ll believe dental care isn’t something adults worry about. Thankfully, the opposite is also true. If your kids see you taking good care of your teeth and gums, they will be more likely to do the same.
That’s why you need to call our Tulsa, OK dental office today and schedule your next appointment. Get your teeth and gums in order to show your kids that it’s very important.
Setting Great Dental Habits
With that big tip in mind, here are some more specific ways you can help your kids get dental habits that help.
1. Make your twice-yearly appointments together.
Establishing a routine of going to our Tulsa, OK dental office every six months is vital. Dental exams and dental cleanings can prevent significant dental problems. You can strengthen this routine by making appointments for yourself along with your children. Not only can this save you a trip, your children will see how you’re taking dental appointments seriously.
2. Skip fruit juices and soda (even diet soda).
You know that sugar is bad for teeth. But did you know a glass of fruit juice can have the same sugar as soda? It coats your kids’ teeth with sugar, increasing their chances of having tooth decay or gum disease. Diet soda has no sugar, but it has a lot of acid. This can corrode your kids’ teeth.
3. Let your kids see you brushing and flossing normally.
As with so much, your kids watch you to know how to behave. If they never see you brush and floss, they’ll start to believe neither is really that important. It’s just another thing kids do by adults do not. You don’t have to make a big production out of it, but you know how kids like to imitate adults. By letting your children see you brush and floss normally, they are more likely to do the same.
4. Drink plenty of water.
Water can help teeth in several ways. It washes away food particles and acid stuck to your teeth. It also hydrates you so saliva can do the same when you’re not drinking. Plus, by emphasizing water as the drink of choice, you’re helping your kids go for water instead of soda or fruit juice.
5. Stop using tobacco in any form.
It’s not easy to give up nicotine. But smoking or chewing tobacco has a big negative effect on your teeth and gums. Besides just oral cancer rates, tobacco can weaken your immune system and stain your teeth yellow-brown. Children are more likely to use tobacco when their parents do. By giving up, you’re helping set the stage for better dental (and overall) health for your kids.
6. Let your children pick out their own toothbrush and floss.
When people are given a choice, they tend to buy into that choice after making it. Don’t buy a random toothbrush and tell your child to use it. Instead, let your child pick out a toothbrush and some dental floss they want. If they’re excited about it, they’re more likely to use it regularly.
Call us TODAY at 918-925-9687 and make appointments for everyone in your family. Our dentists understand how to work with children and can see patients as young as three years old. Cavities and tooth decay don’t wait until your permanent teeth come in, so neither does family dentistry from Masterpiece Smiles.