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Tips to Create Oral Hygiene Habits With Your Kids

Life becomes easier after you ingrain positive habits during your youth.Oral hygiene is an important component of personal health and well-being, yet it is often overlooked. After all, the teeth, gums, and tongue are out of sight, so they tend to be out of mind. Get your kids into the habit of cleaning their teeth properly, and you will set the stage for a life of easy dental visits with few cavities, minimal oral health problems and low dental bills.

Establish the teeth cleaning routine at a young age

When pondering what age is best to start kids off with their own teeth cleaning regimen, it's best to err on the younger side. They should be able to understand that it is their responsibility to perform this important cleaning several times a day. Expressing the importance of flossing, brushing and rinsing with mouthwash will help children understand that their effort is well worth it. Parents who are hesitant to teach their child to clean their tongue can wait a few years until potential gagging will not be such a big deal.

Mind body language when discussing oral hygiene

Kids pick up on body language and other non-verbal cues better than most people think. If a child notices their parent's tone of voice or body language changes when discussing flossing, brushing, etc., they might not listen closely or take the situation seriously. Parents should conceal any negative feelings they may have, focus on communicating the importance of oral health to their children and show them exactly how to brush, floss and rinse.

Key in on technique

When kids consider whether they will spend time and effort cleaning their teeth in the morning or evening, most wonder whether flossing, brushing or rinsing is really that important. Some may question whether their technique makes a difference in the cleanliness of their teeth. Parents should show their kids the proper way to floss and brush. They should explain how the floss must be moved down into the gum line to form the shape of the letter “C.” When brushing, the brush head should be moved in small circles, spreading the toothpaste across the front, back and bottom portions of the teeth. Focusing on the details allows kids to stand a better chance of enjoying optimal oral health.

Do not be afraid to ask for help

There is no shame in relying on instructional videos, educational shows and books to help teach your kids proper oral hygiene habits. If necessary, ask your dentist for help. Do whatever it takes to teach your kids the best oral hygiene habits at an early age. They will be rewarded with a lifetime of exemplary oral health. Request an appointment in our Rancho Santa Margarita dentist office here:

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