In a recent blog, we talked about how tooth decay is a very real problem for children here in the United States. More than fifty percent of American children will encounter some kind of tooth decay before they turn five. One of the reasons for this problem is the thought among parents that baby teeth don’t actually matter because permanent teeth will eventually take their place. This just isn’t true. Baby teeth can affect how a child talks, chews, eats and even how their permanent teeth grow in. Dental care is very important for kids, but it can sometimes be difficult to get them to do it! That is why our family dentist has come up with these tips for encouraging your kids to brush their teeth:
- Use kid-friendly products – Kids love to see their favorite characters on the products they use, and dental care products are no exception. If you find a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss that are kid-friendly, your child might actually be excited to use them!
- Be an example – Young children look up to their parents, and they will follow the example that you give them. Let them watch you brush and floss every day! It is also a good idea to brush your teeth as they are brushing their teeth!
- Get into the habit early on – It can take a while to get into a new habit. It is so much easier to start caring for your child’s teeth when they are babies. If your child has had their teeth brushed all of their life, they will be much more receptive to it!
Learn about more ways to encourage your kids to brush their teeth by staying tuned for our next blog.