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Tips for Developing Good Oral Habits for Your Child

Posted on Feb 5 2023

 Hey Burien! Dr. Kennel from Burien Children's Dentistry here! Developing good oral habits is essential for maintaining good oral health in children. Here are some tips to help you encourage your child to develop healthy habits and protect their teeth and gums:

Start early: The best time to start developing good oral habits is early in life. Encourage your child to brush their teeth twice a day and to floss daily, even if they only have a few baby teeth.

Make brushing and flossing fun: Children are more likely to stick to healthy habits if they are fun and enjoyable. Consider using flavored toothpaste, toothbrushes with fun characters or designs, and flossers in fun shapes and colors.

Lead by example: Children are often more likely to adopt healthy habits if they see their parents practicing them. Brush and floss your own teeth at the same time as your child, and make it a shared activity.

Limit sugary snacks: Encourage your child to eat a healthy, balanced diet and to limit sugary snacks. Sugary foods and drinks can increase the risk of cavities and other oral health problems.

Introduce water with fluoride: Encourage your child to drink water with fluoride, which can help to strengthen their teeth and protect against cavities. Many communities have fluoridated water, but if your child’s drinking water does not contain fluoride, consider using a fluoride supplement.

Encourage regular dental checkups: Regular dental checkups are an important part of maintaining good oral health. Encourage your child to visit the dentist regularly, starting around the age of one, or as soon as their first tooth appears.

Teach proper brushing and flossing techniques: Proper brushing and flossing techniques are essential for maintaining good oral health. Teach your child how to brush their teeth thoroughly, including all surfaces, and to floss daily.

Use dental products with fluoride: Consider using dental products with fluoride, such as toothpaste and mouthwash, which can help to strengthen your child’s teeth and protect against cavities.

Avoid mouth breathing: Encourage your child to breathe through their nose, not their mouth. Mouth breathing can dry out the mouth and increase the risk of oral health problems.

Be positive: Encouragement and positive reinforcement can go a long way in helping your child develop good oral habits. Celebrate your child’s successes, praise them for good habits, and offer incentives for maintaining good oral health.

In conclusion, developing good oral habits is essential for maintaining good oral health in children. Encourage your child to brush and floss regularly, limit sugary snacks, and visit the dentist regularly. Lead by example, make brushing and flossing fun, and use dental products with fluoride. With these tips, you can help your child develop healthy habits and protect their teeth and gums for years to come.

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