One of the most important roles as a parent is to make sure our children are healthy. Healthy foods, exercise, rest, well check-ups, and a learning environment are essential for our kids to grow up at the peak of good health. There is one area that may be overlooked or not get the adequate attention it deserves in the overall health aspect of our children’s lives, or ours for that matter: our oral health. What does that even mean? Does that refer to our teeth? Yes, it does, and oral health plays a vital role in the overall health and well-being of the human body in general. We know our teeth are important, and we know that we need to teach our kids to brush their teeth and take good care of them, but good oral health doesn’t begin when children have a few teeth or a mouthful of teeth. Good oral health starts when life begins when babies have their first milk meals before their gums even begin to bud with tiny teeth. To have a healthy body in all areas includes a healthy mouth, and we know the good habits we teach kids from the beginning stick with them the rest of their lives.
It’s no secret that our teeth are important. We’ve always been told how important it is to brush our teeth twice a day, stay away from eating lots of sugary, sticky foods, that lack of brushing and uptake of sugar equals cavities in our teeth, which leads to unpleasant dentist visits. A harsh reality, but full of truth. What guides our teeth down the path of destruction? Let’s unpack some facts:
No one wants cavities, especially kids. Cavities and dental issues can cause numerous problems for kids such as pain, trouble eating, trouble sleeping, affecting concentration at school, and self-esteem issues. They can become the catalyst for many other health issues. Being proactive and preventing these oral health issues before they even begin is the best way to ensure your child is body and mouth healthy. A great resource for parents is theBrilliant Guide To Children's Oral Care from Brilliant Oral Care. The guide describes great ways and methods for you as you learn to help, teach and administer oral care to your kids. Some ways that you can help instill good oral care practices and responsibilities are:
We’ve talked about what you should do and some helpful tips about good oral health for your children, but what about the items you need to use for the best result? Here are some great tools to help you and help your kids raise the bar on their oral health.
Babies And Toddlers
If you are or have been frustrated about getting your kids on board with getting excited about their oral health, you are not alone. It takes a little creativity, but there are so many ideas you can try, ways you can make it fun, and count it another thing you can do together. Watching you take care of your teeth will help them want to take care of their teeth. Put out the effort, responsibility, and fun you want them to have, and it will take root and grow, thrive, and flourish in your children. Healthy mouths create happy smiles. Happy kids bring us as parents joy. And joy is one thing we all can use these days.
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