Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida
Kids often feel nervous about visiting the dentist, even if the visit is for routine dental care. Some kids are even downright fearful at just the thoughts of going. However, teaching your kids good oral hygiene habits can help protect their teeth from needing repairs. As a parent or caregiver, it is your responsibility to help instill these habits in your child. It is far better to start early, even during infancy, to help your child build lifelong habits to protect their oral health.
Your Palm Beach Gardens family dentist, Dr. David Benson, has some tips to share with you regarding how to encourage good oral hygiene habits in your kids.
Set an Example
First up is to set a good example. Kids learn by seeing, and modeling behaviors of the people around them. This is no different when it comes to taking care of their bodies or their oral health. Make oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing your teeth a family event. This is especially helpful for young children such as toddlers. This does not mean everyone has squish together in the bathroom all at once and fight over who gets to spit in the sink next, but just make sure you are adhering to your own set of habits for taking care of your teeth. If you portray to your kids that taking care of your own teeth is not a priority, and you never talk about it or do it yourself, your kids will take note.
In this day and age, technology is all around us. While sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad, technology has its way of helping support us throughout our daily routine. For instance, kids love technology and gadgets, and an electric toothbrush is a great way to help excite your child about brushing their teeth. Take it step further and allow your child to pick out his or her toothbrush in a fun design. This gives them a sense of purpose and responsibility.
Add a Song
The American Dental Association recommends that we each brush our teeth twice a day, which is typical for most people. However, have you ever paid any attention to how long you actually brush? We should all brush for two minutes each time that we brush! This can seem like an eternity to a small child, so help make the time pass quicker by singing a little song that is appropriate in length. Doing so also helps connect the act of teeth brushing to a routine.
Children all learn in different ways. Some children learn best by visual aids. For instance, you could show them the results of poor oral health by showing them graphics or educational videos, age appropriate of course. There are many kid-friendly videos and materials online that you can use to show your child the effects of poor oral health.
Palm Beach Gardens Family Dentist
If you are in need of a family dentist, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us at PGA Smiles. We offer a variety of services to make getting oral care for your entire family a little bit easier. To schedule your consultation, please call our office at (561) 627-7090.
PGA Smiles is proud to provide oral health care to patients in the areas of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens in South Florida.