Many parents do not understand the effect their lack of attention to their own teeth has on the attention their kids pay to their teeth. It can become a trickle down effect for poor oral health if parents do not realize how they are a dental role model for their children’s dental health.
There are various simple steps that take very little time out of the day to improve your oral health and the oral health of your children. Ensuring you and everyone in your house abides by certain dental principles is vital not just for oral health, but for overall health.
How to Be a Better Dental Role Model
“You have to show them exactly the way to take care of their teeth,” said Dr. Corbet Ellison, pediatric dentist at Shadow Creek Ranch Dental Specialists in Pearland. “If you have a messed up mouth or have cavities and bacteria that you’re not taking care of, then you’re more likely to give that [mentality and habit] to your children.”
Make brushing and flossing teeth a family affair. Children typically have certain bedtimes, so before they go to bed, it may behoove you to brush your teeth and floss them with your children. This will ensure that they are brushing correctly and thoroughly, and it will make them feel like it is less of a chore and more of an event.
Another method to making brushing teeth for your children more enjoyable is to buy children’s toothbrushes and toothpaste. Toy Story, Star Wars, Marvel, My Little Pony. There are countless movie and TV characters that make brushing appear to be the coolest thing for kids.
The Greatest Impact on Children’s Dental Health
The greatest impact you can make on your children’s oral health is being an example of good oral health. Brushing twice daily, flossing, rinsing, and visiting the dentist consistently shows that you consider taking care of your teeth a priority. Chances are they will too.
Do you children need a pediatric dentist in Pearland or the Greater Houston area? Contact Shadow Creek Ranch Dental Specialists at 281-741-5247 or by filling out our online form.
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