Instilling good dental habits in kids is important. Childhood tooth decay is Public Health Enemy #1 for kids in America. The best way to treat tooth decay is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Having children brush with toothpaste twice a day, cleaning between their teeth once a day, and limiting their sugary snacks and beverages, along with regular visits to the dentist are all parts of a total approach to preventing tooth decay.
It’s important to help children understand and learn the importance of good oral health habits!
It’s simple but sometimes life gets busy and you might be tempted to skip it any or all of these steps. And if you think you’re busy, try being a kid. In addition to school, activities and family time, they’re learning how to take care of themselves and others in new ways every single day. One of those necessary life skills every child needs to learn is brushing his or her teeth. Helping your child get in the habit of brushing twice a day for two minutes is no small feat, but a little creativity can go a long way when it comes to your child’s long-term dental health.
Make regular dentist visits part of the routine
At Dr. Poz, we love kids. And kids love coming here! Parents appreciate that their child’s dental health is communicated to them and all their questions are answered. Whether it is preventive services, dental treatment, tooth eruption or trauma – questions and concerns are always welcome.
We offer Happy Visits™ so the very young (12-24 months) can come in for a ‘trial’ appointment. They’ll meet Mister Thirsty and get used to people wearing gloves and masks while sitting in the chair going up and down. Whether alone or on a parent’s lap the ride is always fun!
In Part 2 of this blog we’ll outline five suggestions you can use to build good dental habits in kids.