As the school year begins, parents and children embark together on routines that help children develop good study habits and healthy lifestyle choices. This is an excellent time to renew positive habits that promote good oral hygiene. Incorporating dental health routines into a child’s daily life forms a solid foundation for a lifetime of oral health.
Brushing and Flossing
Children who receive early instruction and practice in routine dental care are more likely to continue these practices later in life. Ideally, children should brush and floss after each meal and pay special attention to the molars. Creative parents may want to teach children to silently sing the alphabet song while brushing to ensure that the child brushes long enough to thoroughly clean the teeth. It is a good idea to provide a new toothbrush every three months or after an illness.
Healthy Food Choices
Helping children develop good eating habits benefits whole body health and supports dental hygiene. It is particularly valuable to teach children to avoid sugary foods and beverages that promote decay. Highly acidic foods should be eaten in moderation since they may damage delicate tooth enamel.
Dental Exams and Cleanings
It is very important to visit the dentist regularly. Children should attend a dental visit twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings. By following a consistent schedule, parents can be certain that their children are receiving excellent dental care and that any issues will be identified and treated early.
The new school year is often accompanied by participation in athletics and active hobbies. Children who are involved in sports should wear a protective mouth guard during games and practices to protect against injury or damage to the teeth.
Parents and caregivers may find that encouraging good dental hygiene routines promotes not only a lifetime of oral health but also encourages independence and responsibility. These characteristics may pay off in every aspect of the child’s life at home and school.
If you have any questions or concerns about the oral health of your child or children, please do not hesitate to call us. (417) 777-8654 We are proud to serve our patients of all ages!