Teaching Your Child Good Oral Hygiene Habits

Oral hygiene is an important part of the overall health of every child. Providing children with a proper oral hygiene routine is something that they will eventually carry with them for their entire life. Whether you realize it or not, the oral health of your kids will begin with you. How can you successfully teach your kids proper oral hygiene?

Besides ensuring that they go to routine cleanings and checkups with your family dentistry specialists here at Dougherty Dental Solutions in Wilmington, DE, Dr. Laura Dougherty and Dr. Paige King, here’s what you can do to teach your little ones proper oral care as early as possible.

What to Teach Your Kids

The Importance of Dental Visits

Your dentist will be your lifetime partner in keeping your mouth healthy. This is why kids must realize the need to regularly visit their dentist here at our family dentistry practice in Wilmington, DE, as part of their oral hygiene. Eventually, this becomes a habit they’ll have as adults.

The Correct Toothbrushing Technique

It is not enough to make brushing a part of their oral hygiene. More important is that they know the proper way of brushing to make sure that their oral health remains excellent. Establish the habit of brushing for at least twice a day for two minutes every time.

A Healthy Diet

Aside from regular dentist visits and proper brushing, training kids to eat the right type of foods will preserve their oral hygiene. While they are young train them to eat crunchy fruits and vegetables that help protect their teeth and gums against decay and disease.

How to Teach Your Children 

Children normally have a short attention span, which increases the challenge of teaching them proper oral hygiene. But here are some of the things you can do.

  • Keep them enthusiastic. To keep your kids excited about oral hygiene, make sure that they are involved in the decision process. For example, allow them to choose their toothbrush and toothpaste so that they would want to use it every time.

  • Consider their taste. Kids are all about colors and tastes. If you want them to be motivated to use fluoride toothpaste, make sure that you choose flavors that they love.

  • Sights and sounds. Use sights and sounds to keep kids interested in proper oral hygiene. Use videos, stories, and music about oral hygiene to help kids understand why they need to make a habit of it.

Need Help Teaching Your Children Proper Oral Care Habits? Contact Us

Dial (302) 475-3270 to reach our family dentistry practice, Dougherty Dental Solutions here in Wilmington, DE.

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