Good oral hygiene is essential to the promotion and maintenance of overall health. It’s for this reason family dentist Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD believes it’s the right of every child to be educated about oral healthcare.
The home is the ideal place to start learning about the importance of oral hygiene. When teaching children how to brush their teeth, floss, and the like, it helps for every parent to deliver the message in an entertaining and informative manner. With that in mind, here are some strategies parents can employ to capture their children’s interest while showing them the merits of having clean, healthy teeth:
- Do the activities together. As a parent, you should lead by example. Therefore, activities such as brushing your teeth and flossing should be done alongside your child every morning and every night until they become comfortable doing them on their own. This also creates great bonding opportunities between you and your child that they will learn to look forward to.
- Introduce rewards and incentives. You can make the oral health routine more attractive to recalcitrant children by providing them rewards or incentives for completing specific activities. You can, for example, gamify the experience by giving them points every time they brush their teeth.
- Give them fun toothbrushes and toothpastes. Children are drawn to products adorned with characters they love, so give them toothbrushes adorned with images of their favorite cartoon or video game characters. Toothpaste and mouthwashes with exciting flavors can likewise make the experience all the more fun for children.
Teaching your children various facts about teeth and oral health will also help them become more interested in their dental hygiene. Here are some fascinating facts you can share with your children:
- The tough, white, shiny material forming every tooth’s outer protective layer is the enamel. This is the human body’s hardest substance. If properly taken care of, it’s durable enough to prevent microbes in the mouth from causing the formation of cavities.
- The toothbrush as we know it today wasn’t around until the late 1700s. Prehistoric children, however, may not have suffered from cavities as sugar wasn’t present in their diet.
- To clean their teeth, ancient Egyptians used a concoction of pulverized oxen hooves and eggshells. Mixing the powder with water produced an abrasive that effectively removed food particles stuck on and between the teeth.
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