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  • Writer's pictureTanya Louise

Health: Dental Care Is A Habit Your Kids Should Start Early

Naturally you care about your kids and you want them to be healthy and happy. This should apply to their mouth and teeth. Bad dental health habits typically stem from childhood. So to help them keep their mouths healthy, here are a few habits you should get started with, right away.

Start correcting diet habits

It’s easy to fall into the pit of letting your child overindulge in foods that aren’t great for their health as a means to placate them. Many of the foods that aren’t great for their teeth are also going to cause problems in other parts of life. Sugary foods and sweet drinks are bad for their diet, not just their teeth. Get to know the worst foods for oral hygiene, which includes not just sugars but also things like crisps and any foods that can lead to dehydration, such as crackers.

Get involved with them

If you want your kids to take these lessons to heart, then the best way to do it is to lead by example. If you need to upgrade your dental game, then this should be the motivation to do it. Follow a thorough oral health routine every morning and night alongside them, brushing, flossing, and rinsing, while making sure that they follow along. If you see them cutting corners or getting lazy with it, you can give them a little correction and make sure that they do it right.

Get them used to the dentist

There’s nothing more important to the oral health of your child than making sure they have regular appointments with the dentist. As such, it’s wise to make an appointment with someone like Wahroonga Family Dental Centre as soon as you can. The sooner that they get used to going, the sooner they start to recognize the office and understand the importance of going, then the easier it can be for them later. You want to avoid your child getting dental anxiety as best as possible. While it’s not always easy to prevent, taking a preparatory visit and keeping the vibe casual can help.

Use tech to teach them

If your kids are having a hard time getting the hang of brushing or aren’t being as thorough as you would like by copying you alone, then there could be some tech to teach them how to do it better. The Oral-B Disney Magic Timer app is just one example of how to help kids get used to brushing longer. The app provides tips as well as some engaging visuals and music to keep them brushing for as long as they should.

The sooner you start to live out healthy routines with your child, the easier it will be for them to maintain them later in life. There are always going to be kids that might be a little less motivated or enthused by oral care, but it’s up to you to make sure that they stick to it.

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