According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a whopping 99% of adults believe a healthy smile is socially important. A healthy smile starts at a young age, but many parents forgo this important habit when it comes to their children as they believe it is too stressful to deal with.
However, creating healthy dental habits couldn’t be easier with these top tips in mind!
- Start as early as possible
It is never too early to take your children to a family dentist! As a rule of thumb, you should take them no later than their first birthday, or by the time their first tooth comes in, whichever comes first. Creating a habit of taking care of their mouth and oral hygiene will stick with your children for the rest of their lives, so don’t hesitate and start now!
- Use yourself as an example
Make brushing your teeth a family activity and encourage your little ones to brush their teeth with you! If they notice that you are working to be an example, they will try and mimic you — make sure to always talk about how good your teeth feel when they are clean, how excited you are to go to the dentist, and how brushing your teeth is your favorite part of your bedtime routine. Simple statements like this go a long way!
- Get messy!
Kids love bubbles, and not only do they like the sensation of bubbles in their mouth, they like to see them as well. Don’t be afraid to get messy when your child starts out brushing as they will learn visually this way.
- Give rewards
Children are almost always motivated by rewards, and this is true even with brushing their teeth. Set up a rewards chart that they can fill in every morning and night when they finish brushing their teeth, and their reward can be something fun and dental themed such as a new electric toothbrush, flavored toothpaste, or colored floss.
In addition to these tips, it is important that you regularly schedule appointments with your family dentist. Make sure to call our dentists today to get started with ensuring your child’s healthy smile from day one!