Child oral hygiene best practices
Before school begins, parents have a large amount of control over their child’s daily habits. However, when they start attending school, they’ll need to be able to make their own decisions. When it comes to child oral hygiene, how prepared do you feel your child is to make the right decisions?
Child oral hygiene: the hard truth
At home, you have the opportunity to teach your child oral hygiene best practices. However, what does that mean? You can improve your child’s oral hygiene by helping them make healthy meal or snack choices. The foods and drinks a child consume can have a direct impact on their mouth health.
Furthermore, reminding them to brush and floss after eating is important. If they are at school drinking an adequate amount of water, especially after eating, can go a long way to protect their pearly whites in between brushing and flossing.
However, when kids head off to school for the first time, they’re on their own. It will be up to them to recognize what they need to be doing to maintain their mouth health.
What should you do to help encourage good child oral hygiene?
The best thing you can do as a parent is to prepare your child as much as possible. That means explaining the importance of oral hygiene and helping them to understand that their choices can affect their healthy smiles.
Start with recognizing health snacks versus less healthy options. Some snacks will be worse than others and they should be able to recognize which will be better for their teeth.
Examples of healthy snacks they should accept:
- Fresh fruit
- Hummus and vegetables
Examples of less nutritious snacks:
- Sticky foods
Similarly, kids should always choose water over sugary drinks like sodas, juices, and performance drinks.
For a list of foods and drinks to avoid, see our article “What are the five worst foods and drinks for oral health?“
You directly impact your child’s oral health?
Even if you can’t be there to help your child make the right choices, you can pack their lunch with those options that will promote healthy teeth and gums. Make sure that the snacks you pack are allergen and sugar-free.
Additionally, sending your child with a travel toothbrush and floss or floss picks will remind them to clean their teeth after each snack and meal.
Educating your child on good oral health now will set them up for healthy habits as they get older. Dentist appointments will be that much easier when your child’s smile is healthy and happy!
At Regent Avenue Dental Centre, we’re proud to provide dental care for children. Book your appointment today and introduce your child our dental family. Booking is easy! Call 204.817.8915 or schedule your appointment through our website on the contact us page.