February 22, 2017
Sometimes, it’s a battle to get your kids to stay healthy. That’s why you need every help you can get. If your kids develop healthy habits, then that’s one less thing you have to worry about. Plus, it helps your children stay healthy.
Dr. Stiver is a family dentistry provider. Call us today at 816-399-5539 to schedule appointments for your whole family. Not only do we see children as young as three years old, our whole team knows how to work with children.
Good Dental Habits Now Can Help For A Lifetime
Dental cleanings and dental exams are vital. They are the keys to lasting dental health. However, dentistry is a team effort. There are things your children need to do on their own. That can be tough, but it’s easier once your children have healthy dental habits. Here are some keys to giving your kids dental habits.
Make sure your kids see you brushing and flossing.
Children are usually looking to do what grown-ups do. How many times have your kids imitated you or another adult? But they also notice what they don’t see you doing.
If you tell your kids to brush and floss, they will watch you to see if that’s really something adults do. That’s why it’s important to let your children see you taking care of your teeth like you want them to do. This doesn’t have to be a show or a big production. Just let them see you brush and floss. This can help them take on brushing and flossing in their own lives. And wouldn’t it be nice to not have to remind them about this all the time?
Make water the drink of choice at your home.
Staying hydrated offers several dental benefits. First, water has no carbs or acids, so it’s great for your teeth. Second, water rinses your teeth and gums. Lastly, your body uses saliva to help wash away any food particles stuck to your teeth and gums.
There are many drinks on the market, but you should encourage your family to drink water by default. It might be hard to establish at first, but once done, your kids will have a great habit that helps their teeth and their whole body.
Take your children to pick out their own toothbrushes.
Children often lack control over their lives. There’s a good reason for that — they’re kids! But that also means they can really appreciate having some control.
You can take advantage of that by bringing your kids to the store so they can pick out their own toothbrush. It might not sound like a big deal to us, but it can be for them. By having some control over their dental health, they are more likely to develop the great dental habit of brushing regularly.
Treat fruit juice and diet soda as occasional, rare treats.
Water should be your family’s drink of choice. But there are other reasons to avoid fruit juice and diet soda in particular.
Fruit juice is full of vitamins, but it’s also full of sugar. Even non-sweetened juices will coat your children’s teeth and gums in sugar. That feeds the bacteria behind tooth decay and gum disease. Diet soda doesn’t have any sugar, but it does have a lot of acids. When your children drink diet soda, they’re coating their mouths in acids that erode enamel and irritate gum tissues.
Visit our Kansas City, MO dental office together every six months.
As with brushing and flossing, your kids will hear you tell them dental office visits are important. But they will also watch to see if you go. If they never see it, they can assume adults don’t have to go — and so many kids are in a hurry to grow up.
To help make regular visits a solid habit in your children, call our Kansas City, MO dental office and schedule your appointments together. When your kids see you getting dental cleanings and dental exams, they’ll be much more likely to think that’s a normal part of being an adult. This soon develops into a habit they can follow their whole lives.
816-399-5539 or use our convenient online form to schedule family dentistry appointments for anyone in your family. Our team works well with children. And by taking them to get their twice-yearly visits along with yours, you can help them develop a great dental habit.