Your family’s smile is important. After all, poor oral care can have sever health risks, and the last thing you want is to put your family’s health at risk. Because children don’t necessarily care about good oral hygiene, it’s up to you as parents to ensure they take proper care of themselves. Here are six tips to help parents take care of their family’s smile.
Ensure your children go to the dentist
Most parents don’t think about bringing their child to the dentist until they’re ready to start kindergarten, and that’s usually only because most school districts require it at registration. But kindergarten is not the time to bring your child to a dentist for the first time. The ADA recommends bringing children to the dentist around the age of two. Your child’s baby teeth may be temporary, but they can have a lot to do with the type of teeth they will have as adults.
Plus, having your child see the dentist at an early age can help them become accustomed to going to the dentist, which means they won’t be as scared or as unwilling to go when they’re older. Try to find a pediatric dentist in your area who specializes in treating children, and be sure your children see the dentist per their recommendations.
Ensure your children brush their teeth regularly
Children go through a phase where cleanliness is the last thing on their mind, and this includes brushing their teeth. Don’t just trust that your child will brush his or her teeth on their own, make sure they do by actually watching them do it. Not only will this ensure they get it done, but it will also ensure they get it done right. Get your child into a routine to brush their teeth at least twice a day. This will help keep their teeth clean and protected.
Get your children to floss
Along with brushing their teeth, flossing teeth is another important thing you need to do as parents. Flossing helps to remove plaque and other build up that a toothbrush simply cannot reach. Use regular dental floss, or invest in those disposable flossers. Showing your child the proper way to floss, and ensuring they floss every time they brush, can help your children have good oral hygiene.
Get dental disclosing tablets
Dental disclosing tablets can be a great asset to helping your children brush their teeth. These tablets show missed plaque in the mouth by changing colors, so once your children have brushed and floss, you can have them take a disclosing tablet to show you if they did a good job.
Get dental insurance
Dental insurance can help make regular dental care more affordable. Check with your employer to see if dental insurance is an option you and your family have. If not, contact dental insurance providers on your own to set up an account. Most dental insurance plans cover regular preventative care visits 100 percent, which can save you a great deal of money on oral care.
Practice what you preach
If you want your child to do something, such as care for their teeth, you have to set a good example. Make sure that you are also going to the dentist on a regular basis, brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing regularly. If your child can see you caring for your teeth, they’ll be more likely to mimic your good behavior and have good oral hygiene themselves.