Teaching good dental habits to your young children comes with a lot of benefits. Taking care of their pearly white teeth, even if they are still milk teeth, helps build their confidence, prevent toothache and tooth decay, and result in less fear of the dentist as well as excellent oral and overall health.
Check out these effective tips that will help you develop good dental habits in your child.
Start them young
As soon as the first milk tooth erupts, brush it with a soft toothbrush with little to no-fluoride toothpaste for babies that do not require rinsing. This is important as toothpaste is not meant to be swallowed and babies do not know how to spit out at this stage. If you are not comfortable giving toothpaste to your baby yet, you can simply wet the toothbrush with water and brush gently.
Be a good example
Children love imitating adults and doing grown-up stuff. Encourage good dental habits in your little ones by showing them how it is done and leading by example. Take them with you when it is time to brush your teeth at night or make a fun demonstration when you have to floss after dinner. Always remind them to limit their chocolates and candies and to never go to bed without brushing because it can lead to tooth decay.
Establish a routine
Children are creatures of habit. Consistently brush their teeth in the morning and before bedtime, and soon enough they will be able to associate the times with dental care as part of their regular rituals.
Add a bit of fun
Children may find tooth brushing a boring activity at first. Make them feel excited about it by getting them colourful toothbrushes with their favourite superhero or cartoon character on it. You can also sing along catchy nursery rhymes and songs about proper hygiene every time they brush their teeth for extra fun and giggles.
Bring them on regular dental visits
When you bring them to the dentist for the first time because of a toothache, your child will associate pain to dental visits and will be scared of it and dread it all their life. Take away the fear of going to the dentist by bringing your child to your own dental appointments. This way the dental clinic becomes a familiar place and the dentist a friendly face for your child.
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The Smiles Centre is one of the best in family dentistry in Swindon. We have an amazing team of professional dentists and dental technicians that offer a wide range of pain-free dental treatments, including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, crowns, veneers, and more.
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