Good dental care starts when you’re young and, as all important childcare issues are, it’s down to you as a parent to start them off right. No pressure, huh! Lucky for you, there many tips (and a few tricks) to keeping your child’s teeth clean. Here are a few of them:
It’s not rocket science, is it? Everyone knows it’s important to reduce the amount of sugar in your child’s diet. What you may not know, is this doesn’t just mean them cutting down on the amount of candy they eat. Juice, in particular, is often full of sugar and drinking it in high quantities can contribute to tooth decay. Choose water or milk for your child’s beverages whenever possible.
Consider an electric toothbrush
There are a couple major benefits to getting your child to clean their teeth with an electric toothbrush instead of a regular one. It’s usually better at removing plaque and the toothbrush — not you — controls the brushing. That means you, or your child, won’t brush too hard and harm the gums or too soft, and not clean well enough.
Set a routine
As far as brushing goes, you should brush it’s recommended you brush your child’s teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. One of those times should be before bed and one at another point in the day — after breakfast, for instance. Children like to be surprised with a trip to Disneyland but not so much with brushing — create a routine and stick with it. They’ll know what’s coming and won’t be so resistant to the idea.
Create a reward
Finally, it’s not a bribe if it’s given after the fact, right? It’s okay to reward your child after he or she has brushed, especially if it’s helping you set their routine. Just make sure it isn’t a candy bar! A star on their sticker chart or an extra book before bedtime is better.
So, sticking to a healthy diet, setting a good routine and giving a reward will help keep your kids’ pearly whites white! Now that’s a reason to smile.
This article was provided by: Lance Sprewell