As a parent, you already know that kids have to want to do what you want them to do. You do all you can to turn daily ordinary tasks into fun ones that kids enjoy. Peas on a spoon turn into an airplane, and so on…
When your kids figure out that these chores aren’t really fun, you start bribing them with things they do like. For example, getting an allowance for doing dishes.
Have you put such principles to work in your kids’ tooth brushing routine?
Oral hygiene is extremely important to your children’s overall health. Here are a few tips to get your kids excited about their dental health.
Phone a Friend
This friend may be the support of another adult your child respects or it could mean invoking encouragement from your kid’s favorite superhero. When your child understands that everyone they admire is brushing their teeth, they’ll be more likely to want to do it too.
Use a Reward System
Give them something simple like a sticker every time they brush their teeth. If they earn their daily sticker quota for a month, they get rewarded with a special outing or prize.
Lead by Example
If your child sees you brushing and flossing every day without fail, they’ll soon understand that oral hygiene is just an essential part of life. Jazz up your routine by brushing with your tiny tot and turning it into a friendly competition.
Let the Kids Lead
When kids get a say in a matter, they’ll feel good about taking responsibility. Let your children pick out toothbrushes and toothpaste they like. Odds are, they’ll be proud to use them!
Contact your family or pediatric dentist for more ideas.
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2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
Yes, fluoride is very important, but there are other vital nutrients your child needs to keep their smile strong.
Take a minute to consider how a balanced and nutritious diet contributes to healthy tooth and bone development. This is especially important for growing kids and their smiles!
Fiber – specifically that found in whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies. Fiber is not only important for digestive health, but snacks such as fresh apples and celery actually help keep teeth free from cavity-causing dental plaque.
Vitamin C – found in foods like strawberries, oranges, and sweet potatoes, vitamin C promotes a healthy immune system and limits gum inflammation, or gingivitis.
Iron and Vitamin B – a deficiency of iron or certain B vitamins can result in uncomfortable sores in a child’s mouth. Lots of foods are fortified with iron and B vitamins.
Calcium and Vitamin D – look for these primarily in dairy sources. Calcium and vitamin D are essential to bone strength and tooth development. And bonus! Cheese has been proven to help fight cavity-causing bacteria.
Supplement the Diet
Along with a healthful diet, your child’s oral health will benefit from:
Consult your child’s doctor for specific recommendations on a healthy diet.
Schedule regular checkups at your local dental office to make sure your son or daughter’s smile stays brilliant and healthy. Dental visits help you ensure a healthy smile for your kids using technology like digital x-rays and protective dental sealants.
Call your dentist today to plan your next visit!
Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
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