We have just come through another fantastic holiday season, at least we hope it was fantastic for you! If you have kids in your family, you know that spending the holidays with kids around is one of the most fun experiences you could have!
We just love picking out fun gifts for the kids in our lives, especially our children. What you might not realize is that one of the most important gifts you could ever give your child is the gift of health dental habits!
It sounds cheesy, we know, but it’s true. The habits you teach your child now about dental health will be the habits he carries with him for the rest of his life! Just think about how long that smile is going to be around. The process to a lifelong smile begins right now.
The Smiles You Love the Most
Your kids’ smiles are the smiles you love the most. We know! That’s the way it should be! Whether your kids are still little bits, going through school, or grown adults, that feeling never goes away.
Setting Kids Up for Success
This is why it’s so important for parents of young children to set those kids up for great dental health right from the very beginning! You might not realize just how much impact you have, but believe us when we tell you that adults with poor oral health usually started those poor habits as children.
Let’s take a look at a few things you can do to help your child get off on the right foot. As the years go by, you will thank yourself over and over as you see your child grow with a healthy smile!
Routine dental cleanings are important for EVERY age group. Some parents convince themselves that they don’t need to set up an appointment for baby teeth that will fall out anyway. What those parents don’t understand is that the baby teeth are guides for adult teeth. Children who lose their baby teeth early due to decay are much more likely to need orthodontic work later in life.
But this is about more than just avoiding braces. You are creating a habit. The sooner the habit is created, the better the results. If your child understands the importance of a six month cleaning as a toddler, he will be much more likely to continue that routine throughout his adult years.
Coming into the office regularly is important, but setting great hygiene expectations at home is just as important. Again, you are teaching habits. Brushing your teeth twice each day, flossing at the end of the day, etc are things that your child can only learn from you!
Model great oral care routines and watch your child’s smile blossom! Those trips to the dentist are much easier for the children who practice great at-home care, after all!
Healthy Eating Habits
Finally, help your child get off on the right foot by creating healthy eating habits in your home. Teach your children to favor the sweetness of fresh fruit over the sweetness of candy. Avoid starting a “juice habit” by drinking water throughout the day and milk with meals and snacks.
We are not suggesting that you can’t have a treat every now and again, but teaching your child the difference between a treat and a normal habit is very important at a young age. The amount of sugar your child consumes impacts the health of his smile, but it also has other impacts that your general physician will discuss with you. What’s good for the teeth is good for the body!
Watching the Smile Grow
There’s a saying that floats around in many parents’ heads, “The days are long, but the years are short.” This is absolutely true, but watching your child grow is one of the greatest gifts available.
With the best steps up front, you can make sure that you enjoy watching that smile grow from a healthy, slobbery smile into the healthy smile of a young adult and beyond. Enjoy those smiles, Parents!
Get Started Today!
It all begins right now. Even if your child is already in school, there is still time to make changes to your family’s oral health routines.
Contact us today to get started.
Set up appointments for yourself and your kids, and let us help you have a house full of healthy, beautiful smiles!