One of the best ways to instill good oral hygiene in your children is to serve as a good example. Your children will watch what you do, and this includes how you care for your teeth. Lead by example and follow these steps to care for your teeth properly.
Brush Twice Per Day
One of the easiest things you can do to set a positive oral hygiene example is to brush your teeth twice per day. However, it isn't enough to simply run the brush across your teeth. You also have to use the right technique. Hold your brush at an angle so that you brush the gum line, and brush gently but firmly. Use toothpaste with fluoride to further strengthen your teeth.
In addition to brushing, you also need to floss your teeth at least once per day. Flossing is important in order to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria that are trapped between the teeth. Without removing this debris, gum disease and cavities can occur.
Care for Your Teeth While Playing Sports
If you play sports, it is important to protect your teeth from trauma and injury. In many activities, you may wish to wear a mouth guard or a sports guard to protect your mouth. Your children can follow your example by wearing their own mouth guards during their activities.
Visit the Dentist
You should also be sure to visit our office regularly in order to maintain good oral health. This will make your children less worried about the experience. We recommend regular cleaning and evaluations once every six months.
If it is time for your next dental exam, please give our office a call today. We are here to assist your entire family, and we'll help you to take the steps needed to act as a good example for your little ones.