Developing Healthy Oral Habits as a Family
It can be difficult to help your child feel more excited about going to their dental visits; yet, the more comfortable they feel, the easier it will be for them to go to dental visits throughout the rest of their lives. Not only is it important to find the right dentist for you and your family, but to also develop healthy oral habits together at home.
Creating Healthy Oral Habits
- Brush together – Most children don’t enjoy brushing or flossing their teeth and often do not do it correctly. By brushing with them in the morning or before bed, you can teach them the correct way to brush and floss and make it a special time for your child to bond with you over something that will be beneficial to their health.
- Joint dental visits – When you go to your child’s dental visits, having you there can be helpful to making them feel safe, but if you also bring them to your dental appointments, it will make them less afraid. When they see you getting your routine cleaning and exam without being scared or in pain, they will likely be less frightened during their own exams.
- Fun toothbrush and toothpaste – When your child starts to brush and floss on their own, it can be fun for them to choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste. There are many choices for children toothbrushes that feature characters from their favorite movies and toys that can make brushing seem more fun, and toothpaste flavors that will be more enjoyable for them than just the basic minty flavors.
- Healthier choices – A healthy diet is important to helping you and your family maintain healthy teeth and gums. When you give your child healthy drinks, snacks, and meals, it will help them to make healthier choices throughout their life and make it easier for them to maintain their oral health. Even just giving them more water as opposed to sugary juices and sodas can help them avoid cavities.
Finding the right family dentist can be difficult and overwhelming, but Dr. Kenneth Edwards and his team strive to not only give you and your family the best dental care in the Amherst, NH area but to also help you and your children learn how to maintain your oral health at home as well. If you would like more information on our practice and our family dentistry services, please contact our office today!