Children constantly seek attention, direction and approval from their parents and caregivers. When it comes to dental tips for kids, you can help provide all three. To keep children interested and engaged in best oral hygiene practices, one of the best things you can do is become actively involved. There are several things you can do as a parent to help promote healthy dental habits for children (with minimal effort) that will lead them to achieving healthy, long-lasting smiles.
Five Dental Tips for Kids
The health of our teeth ties directly into our overall health, confidence and daily living. It’s an easy idea for adults to absorb, but what about little ones? To help instill positive dental habits into the life of your child, there are several activities and routines you can establish as a team. The earlier you start, the better the chances for creating lasting, healthy oral hygiene habits.
Here are five, fun ways our Hospital Dental Group team recommends working together with your child toward a happy smile:
- Brushing Buddies
- “Monkey see, monkey do!” One wonderful way to motivate your child to brush is to do it with her/him. Set an example of how fun and important brushing is by timing your morning and/or evening brushing sessions together.
- Tutorial Together
- In the spirit of teamwork and camaraderie, watching a video tutorial with your child on how kids should brush their teeth is a fun and engaging way to ensure brushing is done right.
- Dental Days
- Make sure that if your child’s daycare, preschool or elementary school has a dental day, that he/she attends. Often, local dentists will share best hygiene practices in the classroom. Together, kids—alongside their peer group—will learn all about the importance of brushing, flossing and eating healthy foods. Ask your child all about the experience.
- Reinforce Routines
- The best way to hit a habit home with your child is to do it in the most fun way possible! Toddlers and preschoolers respond especially well to picture books as a visual “how to” for any new skill or task they’re learning. Help reinforce the importance of healthy dental habits by introducing a few fun picture books on the topic.
- Creative Influence
- The American Dental Association’s Mouth Healthy Kids website has tons of dental tips for kids and activities to help kids become interested and engaged in dental health. Parents can even download dental-related coloring and activity sheets. Need to get your child prepared for back to school dental routines? They have an activity for that!
Dental Tips for Parents
Now that we’ve covered some fun dental tips for kids, let’s go over a few key dental guidelines for parents to remember:
- Book your child’s first dental appointment when you see the first tooth emerge, or after his/her first birthday.
- Maintain six-month cleanings and checkups to ensure best oral hygiene and to make sure that the teeth are forming and erupting properly.
- Use a tiny, rice-sized amount of toothpaste for children under three and upgrade to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for children ages six and above.
- Help set your child up for dental and overall health success by providing a balanced diet consisting of lots of fruits, veggies, lean protein, whole grains and water.
- Don’t let anxiety get the best of you! If you have a question regarding your child’s dental health, call Dr. Anatoliy Ravin!
Looking for more dental tips for kids? We have them! Contact us now to speak with one of our Hospital Dental Group team members or to book a dental appointment for your child at 860-524-5194.