Empower Kids to Care About Teeth
Oregon City, OR
One of the biggest lessons you can impart to your children is to take care of themselves. They need to learn how to eat right, how to exercise properly to stay fit, and how to take care of their teeth. If you do not empower your kids to care about their teeth, they are likely going to skip brushing and flossing, forget about their regular cleanings and exams, and eat the wrong foods. However, the team at Great Grins for KIDS - Oregon City and our pediatric dentists can help teach you and your children about the importance of early infant oral care and why they need to care about their teeth. Early treatment starts when your baby starts teething, before they have even had their first visit with us.
Why Is It Important for Kids to Care About Oral Health?
Children, even those young enough to still have their baby teeth, need to care about their oral health. Even though they will lose their baby teeth, it is still important that they care for these teeth and learn how to properly care for their adult teeth. They can develop cavities in their baby teeth and even lose them early. Their gums can become infected, leading to gingivitis. These issues can result in problems with their adult teeth. They may not be aligned correctly, or they could even fail to erupt properly.
Failing to learn about how to care for their teeth also leads to the development of poor oral hygiene habits that can be difficult to break. If you do not teach your children how to properly brush and floss, they may not correctly do these tasks. That can lead to cavities, gum disease, infections, and other oral health concerns. They may have to deal with these conditions for the rest of their lives, especially if they are not in the habit of coming to visit us regularly.
How Can You Empower Your Children to Practice Good Oral Hygiene?
There are a number of different ways you can empower your children to care about their teeth. The first is to show them that you care about your own oral health. When your children are old enough to brush their teeth on their own, you should brush with them. Let them watch how you brush and floss. Let them see you brushing twice a day and flossing daily. You can also talk to them about choosing foods and drinks that are good for their teeth and their overall health.
Another way of empowering them is to make oral health care fun. We know some children see brushing their teeth as a chore, but it does not have to be. You can look for brightly colored toothbrushes and buy them toothpastes in various flavors. Look for small ways you can reward your children for brushing to help motivate them.
Let Us Help
Talking to your children about coming to see us is another way of empowering them. Let them know what they can expect when they come in for a checkup. We specialize in dentistry for kids. We will help educate your children about their oral health. We can watch them brush their teeth and provide pointers, answer any questions they may have about cavities and other concerns, and even teach them about how our dental tools work. If your child has not been in to Great Grins for KIDS - Oregon City within the past six months, it is time they come for a visit. Call today at 971-470-0045 to make an appointment.