I think we all hope our children will grow up with a set of pearly white teeth. After all, having healthy teeth is so important. But a lot of children are growing up with bad teeth. They have too many sugary drinks and food which causes them to need fillings and root canals! Therefore, it’s so important as parents, to ensure we do everything we can to ensure they grow up with healthy teeth. Here are some sure-fire ways to ensure your child has an award-winning smile when they are older.
Watch what they are eating
It’s so important to make sure your child is eating a healthy diet. For one thing, it will ensure they stay a healthy weight. After all, a diet full of unhealthy foods will lead to them becoming overweight, which is a contributing factor to heart disease and cancer! But also, eating a healthy diet will ensure their teeth stay intact. You need to cut back on their consumption of high-fat and sugary foods. Instead, you need to make sure they have plenty of water and have meals full of essential fruit and vegetables. If they are unhappy about the change in their diet, explain to them the importance of keeping their teeth healthy. It’s so vital to make changes now before it’s too late.
Start taking them to the dentist early
A lot of parents look back in later years and wish they had started taking their child to the dentist earlier. After all, it teaches them the importance of looking after their teeth at a young age. And despite the average parent taking their child to the dentist at two, dentists like to see your little one as soon as their first teeth come through! Not only does it get them used to going to the dentist, but it also helps for the dentist keep an eye on their baby teeth. It also gives you a chance to ask any questions about your child’s oral health. The earlier you take your kid to the dentist, the more likely they will grow up with excellent teeth!
Make brushing their teeth more fun
Most children hate brushing their teeth. They don’t like toothpaste, and they hate the sensation of brushing their gnashers! But it’s so important they brush their teeth twice a day to keep them healthy. To ensure they do brush them, you should make it more fun. You might want to show them a book or a TV show that has been created to help children brush their teeth better. Or you might show them how to brush their toy’s teeth and say they need to look after their own teeth as well. You could even get them a fun character-themed toothpaste which will encourage them to clean their teeth. You should also make the dentist a fun experience by buying them a toy after a visit, or taking them to McDonald's for some lunch after the appointment!
As moms, we are one of our child’s biggest influences. So if you want your child to brush their teeth, you need to make sure you look after your own teeth. Show them how you brush your teeth daily, and visit your own dentist, to ensure you have beautiful white teeth. That way, they are more inclined to look after their own teeth!