As most of us learn as we get older, it is much easier to start habits and learn new skills at an early age. Picking up an instrument or learning a new language are prime examples of this. The brain is just much more pliable at early ages. The same rule holds true for dental health and hygiene - teach your children now how to take care of their teeth and value their dental hygiene, and they will be trained to continue taking care of their teeth as they grow older. Learning how to brush properly and other dental hygiene practices at an early age is critical to the child’s dental health. This week, we are going to take a look at some of the advantages of prioritizing dental hygiene for kids and how we can accomplish that.
Preventing Cavities is probably the biggest advantage for prioritizing dental hygiene for kids. However, it is not the end of the world if a child gets a cavity - the teeth they have are not permanent, after all. But it is still so important that kids do whatever they can to help prevent cavities from harming their teeth.
A Confident Smile might not be the most obvious advantage of prioritizing dental health, but it truly is. Even at a young age, we are aware of the appearance of our teeth. If our teeth are brown and stained, then we might not be as willing to let out a big smile or laugh. Kids are like this too; they know if their teeth are not as bright as their peers. By teaching your child how to properly take care of his or her teeth, you are giving them an opportunity to take pride in what they look like.
Prevent Other Dental Health Issues from Occurring by taking the time to prioritize dental hygiene. By the time a child is a teenager, it might be difficult to instill effective dental health practices. By then, the child’s adult teeth will be in and some more long-term consequences may have arisen. As a young child, however, building habits is much easier and even if there are some lapses, the child still has time before the adult teeth come in.
Talk to Your Child about the importance of proper brushing habits. Perhaps show them what your teeth look like - cavities, dental bridges, and all. You can serve as a sort of cautionary tale. Or, if your teeth look great, you can show your child how great your teeth can look after decades of steady and consistent dental hygiene.
Talking to Your Dentist is one of the best things you can do to help improve your child’s dental health. Your child might not listen to you about brushing habits and the importance of clean teeth. However, I am sure that your child would listen to someone as knowledgeable and compassionate as our Dentist at Great Neck Dental Care, Dr. Liberman.
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