Dental care is important and it’s not simply just about brushing your teeth at home, although that is an important thing to be doing on a daily basis. You need to not only teach your children to care for their teeth at home, but you also need to make sure they know the importance of regular dental visits. Here are some of the things you can do to teach your children dental care.
Removing Dentist Fear
You need to make sure that your children don’t fear the dentist. That fear can last well into adulthood and lead to all sorts of dental issues for them in the future. Educate them about the importance of going to the dentist and keeping their teeth clean and their mouths healthy.
Teach them about the things that the dentist will use on their teeth so that they aren’t surprised when the dentist comes at them with a scraper or the suction hose. Make sure they also understand that there are things they can do to help with fears they do develop, like meditating or getting gas (when they’re older and getting a painful procedure done).
Brushing And Flossing
Teach your children about the importance of brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Tell them why they need to do these things. Tooth decay will lead to tooth loss and even gum disease. As gum disease progresses you can lose your teeth which will make it very difficult to eat and will require a lot of money in order to get implants.
They should brush twice a day at minimum, and floss once a day. Make sure you lead by example when it comes to dental health since you should be keeping your teeth healthy too!
The Flavor Of Rinsing
You should also teach your children the importance of mouthwash. For one thing, this helps loosen stuff that gets stuck between your teeth which will help get your teeth even cleaner when followed by brushing. Rinsing after flossing will also help you get more junk out of your teeth.
Mouthwash also helps kill germs on your gums and helps freshen breath. Some mouthwashes can be harsh or taste gross, so let your kids try different ones out until they find one they like. This way you won’t scare them off from rinsing.
You should also teach your children to eat healthier. The right foods will help with your dental health as well. Fruits and vegetables will help build strong teeth and ensure that you are getting the right vitamins to keep teeth healthy, and gums too.
Foods containing refined sugar and lots of acid can damage teeth. They can cause tooth decay, and they can also damage the enamel on your teeth.