Good Dental Habits Begin Early

You are the product of the good dental habits your parents taught – or did not teach you. As an adult, you know the importance of good habits in your work, exercise and dental routines.
But it can be hard sometimes to convince your kids to eat right, exercise, do their homework…and brush and floss daily!

Remember: Your kids are watching you…so if you have good dental habits, they will copy you. Setting a good example teaches your kids that oral hygiene is important to you and that it should be important to them.

Good Dental Habits Walk The Talk:
• Eat healthy foods as a family, and avoid sugary beverages, sweets and carbohydrates that can damage tooth enamel and promote the growth of bacteria.
• Your kids should see you make time for dentist appointments.
• Let your kids see you brushing and flossing or, better yet, do it together.

Teach, Teach, Teach:
It’s true. People are more likely to do something if they understand why they need to do it. This also holds true for kids. Find a book or a movie that teaches your kids about oral hygiene in an educational, fun way. If your kids still need convincing, get a dissolving chewable tablet from your dentist or pharmacy that sticks to the plaque on your kids’ teeth. This is a clear visual explanation of why oral hygiene is important.

Make It Fun:
Could your kids avoid brushing and flossing because it is boring? Try to find ways to get them excited and involved.
• Make a chart and give your kids a sticker or star every time they brush and floss.
• Reward them for their efforts (but not with sweets!)
• Play or sing a song while your kids brush their teeth…tell them they can’t stop brushing until the song is over.
• Let your kids choose their own toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss.

At Taylor Street Dental, we want to put happy, bright smiles on the faces of the ones you love! Call to book an appointment, today: (413) 241-3264.

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