Our mouths are one of the most important parts of our body. It’s how we take in nutrients and fuel ourselves, it’s one of the most visible and most widely used parts of our body and it is generally a good indicator of overall systemic health. Making children understand this can be a tall order. If you are trying to decide how to go about instilling good oral health practices in your children, below are 5 tips for teaching them about oral healthcare.
Proper brushing. Brushing your teeth twice a day is a “must do.” Everyone should be brushing their teeth after breakfast and after dinner. It is also important to emphasize the importance of not over brushing and not brushing too hard. Brush in a circular motion, taking care not to be too rough on the gums, but still massaging them while you brush.
Floss. Flossing is arguably the most important component of a good oral healthcare regimen. Flossing removes plaque and food debris caught between the teeth which can cause cavities and serious tooth decay. Make sure your children understand the importance of not only brushing, but brushing in conjunction with flossing.
The danger of sugar. Human beings, for the most part, love sugar, but children don’t know how to control themselves when it comes to it. A good time to instill the importance of sugar moderation is during Halloween, when your kids come home with bags of it. Moderate the amount of candy they are allowed to consume during a day and when they ask why – which they most certainly will – explain to them it’s because, in addition to not being good for their overall bodily health, sugar is capable of causing tooth decay and oral health problems.
Regular checkups. You will be in charge of scheduling your children’s regular dental care until they are adults, but keeping to a set, twice a year cleaning schedule will help instill the routine in them. Let them know how important it is to see a dentist to make sure that they are in good oral health.
Invest in a Custom Sportsguard. A custom mouthguard is individually designed to fit your kids mouth and will help protect their teeth while they play sports. The dentist will start by creating a mould of your teeth, and then use that to form the mouthguard. A mouthguard should be comfortable, should not tear easily, and should not inhibit your breathing in any way.
You need your mouth and teeth for your entire life. Quality of life goes down considerably if you are constantly in pain, or can’t eat properly because of poor oral health. Letting your kids know how important it is to maintain their oral health throughout their lives is not only responsible parenting, you are doing them a favour which will pay dividends when age sets in and their mouth and teeth are at an increased risk of becoming a problem.