Many, but not all, of the health habits we tend to maintain are those that we learned in childhood. Learning how to shower, how to keep our rooms and home environments clean, how to wash our hands before and after a meal, how to apply daily maintenance products such as antiperspirants and moisturizers, many of us learn this as children or at least in our teenage years.
For this reason, as parents, it’s important to teach our children the value of keeping themselves in good condition, giving them the tools to do it, and making sure these lessons are both kept up with and ingrained in their daily actions. Teaching your child the value of dental care can be essential in these circumstances, too.
This will not only help them avoid cavities for the most part, but other issues that can come from ignoring their dental health. We only get two sets of natual teeth during our lifetime, and so it’s a good idea to take care of them. Even if veneers and other dentistry applications are becoming more and more refined, it’s good to hold those off for as long as we’re able.
With that in mind, consider the following:
Brushing routines are worthwhile to solidify early in life. There’s a reason why you now wake up and brush your teeth, and do so before going to bed. This wasn’t something that you had to teach yourself, or at least, for most people it wasn’t. It’s more likely that whoever was responsible for you as a child ingrained this into you, where now you can brush your teeth without even thinking about it. You likely have a routine where you do certain sides of your teeth for a certain amount of time. We can teach our children this, too.
Instead of teaching children how to avoid plaque and cavities (or rather, instead of doing that first), we should focus on showing them what contributes to those issues. For instance, discouraging them from drinking too many sugary beverages, or sugary food, and hard sweets, can help them think of their teeth before they dive on those kinds of foods. That’s not to say they won’t (as they’re kids), but it can be helpful to let them know the risks from a young age.
It’s good to keep your child regularly attending the dentist, and local orthodontist, and doctor. This way you can make medical checkups a habit they get into, which can help them catch issues earlier, and prevent that worry that some adults have that prevent them from seeing the relevant medical professionals when they need to. When you can achieve that, then you may just reduce how many issues that have over the course of their lifetimes. They will also be instructed as to the value of dental care not just from you, but also by the experts.
With this advice, you’re sure to teach your child the value of dental care from a young age.
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