If you are like most parents today, you will always spend your valuable time finding information as you read more on how to improve the overall health of your children. One of the areas that shouldn’t be neglected even as you do your research is in good oral hygiene. Yes, as you read more, you will discover good oral hygiene is directly proportional to better overall health.
On the flip side of the coin is the fact that poor oral hygiene is the source of very many negative consequences. Cardiovascular disease, dementia, poor self-esteem as they grow up and general health issues are few of the many negative effects of poor oral health and hygiene. Ultimately, you will have nurtured a healthy, confident and responsible person with the best smile in the world. Here are some tips to get you started on this very important and critical part of your child’s life.
You will make your work very easy when you start this parenting journey with the fact in mind kids do not know how to take care of themselves until and unless they are taught and shown. As such, you should invest your time and read more on how you as a parent can make the learning curve easy for all of you. The best way to teach and equip them with these critical skills is by showing by example. This could be as simple as ensuring you brush your teeth at the same time with your child as you show them how best to do it. Also teach them to floss after each meal and encourage them to avoid the things that can damage their teeth.
The other important step is to schedule regular checkups with your dentist, at the very least twice a year. Again, ensure you know and understand why these check-ups are highly recommended so you can know what to expect on your next visit. As you read more, discuss with your doctor about sealants, and you will discover the molars and premolars have a tendency of trapping food particles, no wonder they are the most prone to decays and cavities. Still on point, you might want to read more on braces and discuss with your dentist to know the most appropriate time to have them installed.
The other proactive measures you can make is to limit the intake of sugar and have healthier alternatives that will promote the general health of your child. You might also want to read more on the best toothbrush to invest in for your child as per their age.