Healthy Mouths and Happy Smiles: Dental Health Habits for Kids
Dental health for kids should be available to every family. A healthy mouth can protect against other, more serious health problems in the future.
When you teach your children to take care of their teeth, you’re protecting more than just their smiles. Keep reading to learn about healthy dental habits for your child.
Healthy Habits: Oral Care for Kids
With healthy teeth, kids are able to form words correctly and chew properly, among other benefits. Here are just a few reasons why your kids should maintain healthy oral habits:
Links to Disease
Doctors have discovered links between gum disease and a number of serious health risks, including heart disease and diabetes.
Plus, kids who learn good dental habits early in life are more likely to care for their permanent teeth in later years.
Brush Twice a Day
By age two, your child can begin to learn the importance of brushing their teeth. Here are some tips to develop healthy brushing habits:
- Be a role model—brush your teeth with your child
- Brush for two minutes—brush up and down, front and back
- Teach them how to rinse out their mouths—children should learn to spit after brushing, instead of swallowing
- Use a fluoride toothpaste—fluoride is a mineral that strengthens teeth
Visit the Dentist
By visiting the dentist regularly, your kids will be able to improve their dental health. It’s important that children feel welcome and aren’t afraid of the dentist office.
When kids visit Kool Smiles, they have plenty of toys and games to play with before their examination.
It’s recommended that your child’s first trip to the dentist be around his or her first birthday. Here are some tips to keep in mind when scheduling an appointment:
- Try not to schedule appointments during nap time or meal time.
- Share books or videos to help your child be ready for the visit.
We know children feel safer with their parents, and having a parent or guardian at your child’s side reduces anxiety and helps build confidence.
At Kool Smiles, you’re welcome to sit with your child during the appointment or watch the procedure from a special viewing area.
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Schedule an Appointment for Your Child Today
If you want to improve the dental health of your kids, make an appointment today or call an office near you.
Everyday Health: http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/101.aspx
American Dental Association: http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/ada-seal-products/product-category/?attributes=Fluoride