As their primary caregiver, one of the most important aspects of bringing your child in for their first dental visit is learning how best to care for their teeth. We are happy to show you how to clean their mouth daily and answer any questions or concerns you may have about their oral hygiene. We can also spot check for potential issues early on to make sure that your child’s oral development is on track for a healthier smile.
This is important because as your child develops good oral habits in caring for their baby teeth, they will more likely maintain those habits as they grow older and care for their adult teeth. Their permanent teeth come in from the ages of 6 to 11, so this is the time they need to be brushing well. You really want them to realize the importance of practicing healthy habits for long-term oral health. This ongoing daily care helps maintain their teeth while helping them develop a confident smile and self-image.
By now you have probably already noticed that children are good at observation. They love to watch what others do and then copy them, this is how they learn. So if they see you taking good care of your teeth, they will likely be motivated to do the same for themselves. When it comes to children’s behavior, the imitation game is something most parents are definitely familiar with!
How to model health dental habits
Brushing your own teeth with your child can make hygiene more interesting for them. Besides setting the example for your child, you can make it even more interesting by giving them fun tools they can use. Toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss in different colors and various flavors can make cleaning their teeth more of a treat rather than a chore. If you can take them with you when you replenish these items, so much the better. If they can help pick out something they like, they are more likely to look forward to using it.
If you would like to know more about how to care for your child’s teeth and teaching them along the way, feel free to give American Dental Associates in Chicago, Illinois a call at 773-455-0234. Dr. Sharma and associates are always happy to help your child experience the best pediatric dental care!