10 TIPS TO HELP THE CHILDREN IN YOUR LIFE KEEP A HEALTHY SMILE
We’ll help you start strong with habits that can protect their smiles for a lifetime.
- Get your very young child accustomed to you brushing their teeth as soon as they have them. A great technique is to wrap soft gauze around your finger.
- Lead by example. Show your kids that practicing good oral hygiene is important and can be fun by practicing good habits yourself. Let them watch you brush & floss.
- Choose a dentist that you and your family will like and trust. It will make the experience more enjoyable for everyone. Bring the child into the office at one of your routine visits so they gain familiarity with the setting.
- After the child is 2-3 years old take them to the dentist regularly – usually every six months or as directed by your team – for routine cleanings, checkups & fluoride treatment. This is not only good for the mouth; it can also help your child build a comfort level with the dentist. You may also be advised to have your child’s teeth brushed with a sealant to reduce the likelihood of decay.
- Remind them to brush. Always ask your children if they brushed their teeth before they leave for school and when they are getting ready for bed.
- Teach the importance of flossing. Flossing is just as important as brushing and may also help prevent gum disease. Some children enjoy the floss picks instead of string.
- Make sure they eat breakfast every day. There’s evidence that young people who eat a high protein breakfast have noticeable reductions in cravings for sweets later in the day.
- If they’re going to drink soda or other sugary drinks, have them use a straw. Doing so reduces their teeth’s exposure to sugar.
- Reduce sugar in their diets. Replace sugary snacks and drinks with healthy alternatives, such as fruit, cheese and crackers and water.
- Reward healthy habits. Leave little treats from the “Tooth Fairy,” every now and then, to reward your child for practicing good oral health & for having no cavities at their checkups.
The team of dentist, hygienists & dental assistant would be happy to care for your children’s teeth in our comfortable setting. Mary Lou enjoys helping the children select prizes for good behavior in our office.
Give us a call: Nayaug Family Dental, South Glastonbury, CT