Child Dental Hygiene

How To Teach Children About Dental Health During Child Development

Children’s dental health matters in many ways, and from the time our first teeth come into old age, it represents a lifetime of care that dentists help patients achieve. Establishing good oral hygiene habits is important for children during their developmental years, as these habits represent their way of preventing the onset of diseases such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. For dentists that treat families and children, teaching good hygiene means that they can become part of their child’s life in meaningful ways. 

How To Best Inspire Good Oral Habits In Children 

Good oral hygiene habits aren’t just about establishing brushing and flossing each day, but it’s about making sure your child is an active participant in their dental care from early on. This means that the teaching process is just as important as the lesson itself, and by teaching them good hygiene habits, they learn more than just how to brush their teeth. Even children who show resentment toward the idea can pick up on brushing and flossing over time, and it all starts by making them active in the learning process. 

But how does one best do that? Many pediatric and family dentists have their tips to help patients with their children’s oral health, but below, you’ll find some of our tips to help children gain the most out of their oral care: 

  • Value Your Child’s Opinion: Engaging your child in the learning process means allowing them to have a say in what their oral care should be like. This includes letting them choose their favorite toothbrush, the flavor of toothpaste, and other dental products to make the experience more enjoyable for them. 
  • Give Them Options For Dental Visits: Further involving your child in their dental care means encouraging independence. Allowing them to choose the date and time of their dental visit, or asking about when they’d like to see the dentist, can not only help familiarize them with their healthcare at an early age but also allow them to make their own choices. 
  • Make It A Family Affair: For children resistant to the idea of dental care overall, spending time with your child during these times means making these moments a bonding experience for them. Brushing your teeth together can be made into a fun experience that can help them associate their oral care with positive memories and experiences. 

Ask Your Dentist For Guidance On Teach Oral Hygiene

All of these tips are just a starting point for giving children the opportunity to be more invested in their dental care. Good oral hygiene is only the start of making sure their teeth and gums are healthy, as all good dental care should be a positive experience. If you wish to learn more about your options for dental care and how to best care for your child’s dental health, then make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist today. Your dentist is considered a great resource for the latest tips and tricks and for teaching children to develop good oral hygiene habits.

Maureen Karl, DDS, FAGD
As a graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 2004, Dr. Maureen Karl continues to hone her craft through continuing education. Dental patients throughout the Granbury, TX area know they can rely on our practice for skilled dental care using the latest practices.