At our Tulsa, OK family dentistry office, kids three-years-old and older are always welcome. Even though they still might have their baby teeth, taking care of things now can lead to better dental health as they grow up.
Call our Tulsa, OK dental office today at 918-925-9687 to make your next family dentistry appointment. In the meantime, you need to make sure your kids have great dental habits.
Turning Dental Care Into Dental Habits
One of your jobs as a parent is helping your kids grow up so they can take care of themselves. You’ll always be their parent, but you can’t always be there. Besides, constantly reminding them to take care of their teeth and gums can get old.
That’s why your kids need great dental habits. If dental health becomes part of their daily routine, their smiles will be more healthy and attractive as they get older. This isn’t just the obvious things like not eating so much sugar.
The key to making dental care turn into dental habits is repetition. It’s not enough to have your children brush their teeth once. They need to keep doing it until brushing is second-nature to them. The less they have to think about doing it, the more likely they will to skip temptation. Plus, a great dental habit can last their whole lives.
Habits For Your Kids’ Great Smiles
Here are four habits you should give to your kids so they can fight cavities, gum disease, and more.
1. Get your dental exam right along with your kids’ exams.
For children, even a family-friendly dental office like Masterpiece Smiles can be a bit intimidating. It’s full of strangers who want to touch their teeth! But they need to feel more comfortable going to the dentist so they continue doing that for life.
It helps if you make your semi annual dental exam along with your kids’ exams. If they know you’re getting the same work done to your smile, they’re more likely to be calm and relaxed about it. That means they can more easily get into the habit of visiting the dentist regularly.
2. Brush and floss so your kids can see it.
Similarly, kids are always watching adults. They want to grow up, so they often imitate what adults do. But the flip side is how they often don’t do what they don’t see adults doing. In other words, if they never see you brush and floss, they can assume that’s just for kids.
You don’t have to make a big production out of it, but every now and then, let your kids see you brushing and flossing like you tell them to do. This can help them develop the habit of brushing and flossing on their own.
3. Take your kids shopping so they can pick out their own toothbrush.
Although it depends somewhat on how old your kids are, you normally need to tell them what to do most of the time. That’s because kids need that kind of direction and help. But it also means they’re not used to having much control in their lives.
You can take advantage of that to give the habit of brushing teeth a boost. Take your kids to the store and let them pick out a toothbrush for themselves. By giving them this little bit of control, they can get more excited about brushing and do that enough times to make it a great habit.
4. Serve water by default when it’s time for a meal or snack.
You know how many sugary drinks out there are aimed at kids. Even diet soda is bad for your teeth because it’s very acidic. But they taste good and the advertisements are hard to miss. That’s why you should serve plain water or milk whenever your kids eat.
You don’t always have to force those drinks on them. Just assume that every meal or snack comes with plain water. Do this long enough, and your kids will begin to believe eating should include plain water instead of sugary drinks.