The Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching Your Kids Good Oral Health Habits

By Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. on April 14, 2017

The Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching Your Kids Good Oral Health HabitsTeaching your kids healthy habits is an important part of parenthood, and dental health is no exception. Here are a few things to keep in mind while your kids are learning good dental health habits.

 

DO make sure your children eat a varied diet.

Nutrition is just as important for dental health as it is for overall wellness. The condition of your teeth can rely heavily on what you eat. A diet that’s rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can be especially beneficial to kids. Whether you’re at home or at baseball practice, try to provide healthy snack options to your kids.

 

DON’T slack off on your own dental care.

As with so many of the things we teach our children, it’s important to lead by example when teaching our kids about oral health. Model good habits yourself and talk to your kids about how important dental health is to you.

 

DO make brushing fun.

Kids are more likely to be engaged in something when it feels like a game, and the same is true for dental health habits. Try to find ways to make brushing fun. Sing a silly song while they’re brushing, or get them a special toothbrush to use. The more cooperative they are while they’re learning, the easier the transition will be to when they are able to do it themselves.

 

DON’T forget to keep up a good dental health routine on vacation.

It’s easy to let a regular routine slip while on vacation, but that doesn’t mean you should let your oral health take a back seat. Vacation time with your kids is a great time to reinforce that taking care of our bodies is always important. It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate a continued routine of healthy habits.

 

DO keep regular dental visits.

One of the best things you can do to model good oral health is keeping regular dental visits. Your dentist will be able to give you more tips and tricks on ways to keep up with your children’s oral health, and will be able to spot problem areas more easily than you can at home. Remember to visit your dentist for a regular cleaning every six months.

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