A part of being healthy is having good oral hygiene. This is important for someone of any age, which why it’s a good idea to instill these healthy habits as a child. Even those with special needs have a wonderful opportunity to practice a daily dental hygiene routine.
Having good dental hygiene habits will make sure that your teeth are taken care of when you’re visiting friends and family, move on to college, or get your own apartment. As as a family dentist practicing for 17 years, I watch my patients grow from children into young adults. I’ve discovered that these are the best ways to keep great oral hygiene out of the house.
1. Have a Daily Routine
Having a daily oral care routine is so important in your overall dental health and well-being. If you can instill a daily routine as a child, those habits will stick, and you’ll be set for life. Some things that should be a part of your daily routine include:
-Brushing your teeth twice a day
This may seem obvious, but it can be missed. Brushing your teeth regularly and properly is going to eliminate plaque and any other bacteria built up in the mouth. For children, a parent will need to assist them with teeth brushing until they are about seven years old.
-Start Flossing Early
This step is skipped by people of all ages, but it’s such an important part of dental care. Children up to adults should be flossing once a day. The best time to do so is at bedtime because it removes any food particles that may have gotten caught in your teeth throughout the day. Children who struggle with flossing can use fun tools such as colorful floss picks to make it easier.
2. Visit the Dentist Regularly
Once your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time schedule a dentist appointment. The sooner you can get a child familiar with the dentist, the better. This will eliminate fears and hesitation as they get older. There are a lot of great pediatric dentists that have had extra schooling to care for your child and their dental health. The American Dental Association recommends that you schedule a dental appointment every six months after that initial appointment when they are young. Having regular visits twice a year will be important as your child gets older and is on their own. They will know how often they should be seeing their dental care provider and be willing to make appointments for themselves.
3. Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating and maintaining a healthy diet is one of the key factors in having good dental hygiene. Foods that have good amounts of vitamin D and vitamin B, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and calcium, are great for strong teeth and healthy gums. Foods such as fruits and vegetables are a great source for these vitamins and minerals.
Also, avoid eating foods that are high in sugar such as candy, fruit juices, and soda. While these can be enjoyed in limited amounts, over-consumption can cause cavities and tooth decay as it wears down the enamel on the teeth.
Like most habits, instilling a healthy diet at a young age is very important. A child who eats a healthy, vitamin-rich diet from a young age will be more likely to continue these habits the older they get.
Good dental hygiene is vital to living a healthy life. Having a daily routine, visiting a dentist regularly, and eating a healthy diet are three of the best ways to achieve strong dental hygiene and have great overall health and well-being. Starting these habits at a young age is a great way to ensure that your child’s oral health will be good as they grow into adults.
this post is from a Guest writer:
Dr. Greg Grillo