From the way they talk to the way they treat others, it’s no secret that children learn by example. As it turns out, dental care is no exception. To ensure your children maintain excellent oral health for years to come, you have to teach them—and show them—how it’s done. Today, the friendly dentists from Discovery Dental in Eagle River, AK, will explain how to build a family full of healthy, bright smiles.
3 Healthy Dental Habits for the Whole Family
1. Build Healthy Oral Habits
Without your support, your child would have no idea how to properly care for his or her teeth. Starting during infancy, you need to set your children up by for success by being diligent in caring for their teeth. As they grow, they will learn how to use the toothbrush, but they will still need supervision, encouragement, and support. Building positive associations with dental care will help instill healthy habits for a lifetime, so make the practice a little more fun with the help of games and laughter.
2. Lead by Example
Especially as your children get older, you risk at least a few eye rolls if you fail to follow your own advice. Certainly tell your children to brush and floss each day—but don’t forget to do it with them! Your children look up to you; your words will have more credence if you take the time to maintain your own oral health. When it’s possible, get your whole families dentist visits taken care of on the same day.
3. Maintain Overall Health
Increasingly, research is revealing a correlation between one’s dental health and overall health. Studies have found that gum disease is linked to heart disease, which might mean that there’s more than just your mouth on the line when you neglect to brush. From exercising daily to eating nutritious meals and brushing and flossing, spend time focusing on your health as a family. You’ll improve your overall well-being and you’ll also get to spend some quality time together.
To keep your family smiling, enlist the support of the dentists at Discovery Dental today. Call them at (907) 622-5437 or visit their website to learn more.