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5 Healthy Oral Habits to Teach your Children

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5 Healthy Oral Habits to Teach your Children

Children, being the gift of God, are very innocent and naïve by nature. They being quick learners, it’s important for the parents to guide their children through their childhood by helping them teach good habits. Few good habits can become a part of your child’s lifestyle forever.

Here are some 5 healthy oral habits that you should consider teaching your children as parents:

1. Eating Healthy Food  

Children, at a young age, tend to eat anything and everything without knowing the benefits and impacts caused by that food. A healthy diet is not just good for your child’s overall wellbeing. The nutrients from vegetables and fruits, when consumed by your younger ones, can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Sweet and salty processed food has a completely adverse effect on their teeth if the surfaces of the teeth aren’t cleaned properly leading to various gum diseases.

2. Regularity in Brushing of Teeth 

According to dental experts, brushing two times a day for at least two minutes after meals is important for maintaining overall oral hygiene. There are various instruments out there to assist with making brushing time fun, from YouTube recordings with snappy tunes regarding why your kid needs to brush their teeth to colorful toothbrushes and enhanced toothpaste to fun timers that play music while your kiddo brushes.

3. Tongue Scraping 

Brushing isn’t the only thing that’s important for maintaining overall hygiene, but tongue scraping and flossing also play a significant role in maintaining oral hygiene. Debris, bacteria, and dead cells can build up on your tongue over time. This can lead to bad breath and have a negative impact on your overall oral health. Using a tongue scraper can help remove this buildup, as well as improve your sense of taste, improve the appearance of your tongue, remove bacteria, improve overall health and reduce bad breath.

4. Flossing

Flossing is a crucial part of oral hygiene. Flossing your teeth regularly eliminates plaque built-up. If plaque is left untreated, it can eventually be the home to cavities, tooth decay, and gum diseases. Teaching your little ones to floss at least once a day can help them maintain better oral hygiene. Flossing helps in flaunting a plaqueless confident smile.

5. Use Floride Contents 

Fluoride in the toothpaste helps in strengthening the teeth. Fluoride contents protect your tooth enamel and prevent it from tooth decay as it wraps the teeth with a transparent layer that is resistant to acid and bacteria. By re-mineralizing teeth, fluoride is vital for keeping your teeth healthy, particularly for children. Always check the side of the toothpaste and also at the back of your mouthwash to know the fluoride content. Toothpaste containing 1,350 to 1,500ppm (parts per million) fluoride are the most effective one.

6. Semiannual Compulsory Dental Checkups

Ensuring your child’s safety is your responsibility as a parent. Be sure to bring your child in for regular dental checkups and cleanings twice a year. Let your child eat whatever he wants while we take care of their oral hygiene. Book an appointment today!

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Dr. Nirali Patel

Dr. Nirali Patel is the founder and clinical Director at Smile Craft Dental Studio in Ahmedabad, India. Outside of her clinical responsibilities, she dedicates her time to sharing his dental knowledge with a broader audience. Her articles illuminate the importance of dental care, current dentistry advancements, and enhance understanding of holistic oral health.