Lifelong habits are often formed in the earliest years of life. Teaching your child the basics of oral health early is essential. When children understand the importance of good oral hygiene habits, they carry those good habits through the different stages of their lives.
If there’s one thing you need to know about teaching children good habits, it’s that they’re far more inclined to learn when the lesson is engaging and fun. Here are some tips for establishing healthy habits with your child:
Kindergarten-aged children are remarkably aware of the world around them. Kids around this age are curious and bright, and if you approach the situation from the right angle, they’ll be quite interested in developing healthy habits – especially if you spin it as a way to be like the big kids.
Before we get into the “how,” let’s look at the “what.” Here’s what you’ll need to cover in your kindergartener’s dental health lesson plan:
As we touched on earlier, learning about oral health should be fun. Engaging ways to make learning memorable include:
Framing oral health in a positive light will encourage your child to ask questions if there’s something they’re curious about. Getting family members involved, especially older kids, will encourage your child to take an active role in keeping healthy.
Kool Smiles Kids Club’s partner dentists know the importance of early preventative dental care and education. With plenty of experience with children, our partners can offer insider tips on getting your child interested in oral health.