Every parent knows good oral hygiene is important for children’s health, but it’s also good for parents’ wallets. Helping your children instill good oral hygiene can feel like an uphill battle, but it’s well worth it. Learn about the best healthy kids dental habits for optimal teeth and gum health.
1) Don’t Reward With Sweets
Children need recognition for their accomplishments, but try to orient rewards more toward a sense of pride and accomplishment than the reinforcement of a sweet treat. Try using an activity your child enjoys as an incentive for good behavior, such as an hour of watching television or a trip to their favorite park.
2) Do Brush Your Teeth Alongside Your Child
Children often frown at chores because they think it’s unfair they have to do something they seldom see you doing. This is part of the shortsightedness of childhood, but if you take the time to brush your teeth with your child twice a day, you’ll be surprised at the long-term results. They’ll grow to like the routine of spending time with you each day, and will want to brush their teeth as they see you, their role model, doing it. Continue Reading →