Getting kids to brush their teeth can be challenging. I don’t know what it is that some children find so hard about dental care, but some can go out of their way to avoid brushing their teeth or taking care of them. However, as parents it is down to us to ensure that our children take care of their teeth and also encourage good care in the future. So I thought I would share with you some of the things that can help you encourage better dental care and other things you may need to think about in the future.
Let them choose their brush
Take your kids to the store and give them independence by letting them choose their brush. It may sound strange, but psychologically they have made the commitment to brushing their teeth, simply by choosing their own brush. Plus they may be inclined if it is their favorite color or has their favorite character all over it. My kids picked theirs and we have seen a major improvement over teeth brushing. It can often be the small things like this, that make the biggest difference.
Have regular appointments
I don’t think anyone is a huge fan of the dentist. I know I’m not! So children naturally develop this fear of going. However, regular appointments can really help ensure that further treatment isn’t needed. Checks can identify problems sooner, and advice can help you solve the issue before it arises into something more critical. The best advice would be to see your dentist every six months as soon as teeth appear in the mouth. But the moment there is any complaint of pain or suffering from the teeth area get an appointment sooner rather than later. The more you see your dentist, the more the fear will diminish. Now my two oldest love the dentist and my youngest fear is almost gone as well.
Consider treatments for when they are older
Teeth are one of those things that cosmetically you want to get right first time. But, at the same time, you may not be able to avoid things such as teeth not being straight or coming down through the gum in the right way. It may be that you have to consider future treatments, and braces tend to be on the cards for older some children. There are a few different methods available now so a little research into things like Damon braces vs traditional braces could be advantageous. Braces aren’t the end of the world, and they can make a world of difference for your child to have a confident smile.
Lead by example
Finally, one of the best ways to encourage good dental health from an early age with your child is to lead by example. Brush your teeth with them. If your child sees you doing something they naturally want to have a go themselves and this works in many aspects of your life. So if they see you cleaning your teeth regularly they are more likely to copy what you are doing. Try and avoid making it a chore and encourage the actions positively. make it fun and remind them that it is important.