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Dental health must start at a young age. As a mom of three boys, I already have unexpected things that if they were to happen would result in me kicking out a lot of cash. Therefore, the last thing I need to happen is an unexpected dental emergency, such as a cavity or other dental disease. All three of my boys have been practicing good dental hygiene before they could walk. Therefore, today I am sharing some of the ways that I was able to teach my kids good dental hygiene and why good dental hygiene is important.
But first, I am going to share with you a quick video on that my oldest son created to show off his dental hygiene routine with his new Tung Brush.
When having my first son, my mom told me to make sure I always washed out his mouth with a clean and damp wash cloth to avoid thrush and then when he was a few months old she recommended using a baby finger toothbrush and an infant toothpaste twice a day. By starting them off earlier my boys were not scared during their very first dental visits and they behaved very well because they were already used to a dental routine that consisted of them brushing their teeth (or gums) from since before they could remember.
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Lead by Example
Allowing your kids to see your brushing your teeth will encourage them to want to brush theirs. Trust me on this I know. I like to brush my teeth more than twice a day sometimes because my mouth will just feel dirty or whatever, and I head to brush my teeth. If one of the kids catch me brushing my teeth, they immediately want to start brushing theirs.
My most recent encounter of this was when I was trying out the Tung Brush. I couldn’t wait to give it a try the day it arrived and my youngest son walked in and started asking me what type of toothbrush it was and he wanted to brush his teeth too. This was a good thing, though.
This is because the Tung Brush is better at cleaning your tongue since it doesn’t make you gag as to if you were using your regular toothbrush. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense to have a separate toothbrush as well. This is because your tongue is very dirty and has high levels of bacteria residing on it. So, when you think about it do you want yourself or your kids cleaning their teeth with the same toothbrush that is used on your tongue?
Make Performing Dental Hygiene Fun
Make dental hygiene fun for kids and they will enjoy it more. For example, you could download an app that would allow brushing teeth to be somewhat game like, or you could download an app that would allow them to be rewarded for brushing their teeth consistently. The more fun something is, the more kids are going to want to do it.
Conclusion – The Importance of Practicing Good Dental Hygiene
Dental expenses are costly. Many insurances don’t cover everything. Therefore, practicing good dental hygiene from a young age is recommended to avoid having to have costly procedures performed down the line. Plus, things such as halitosis are real. However, in addition, to brushing your teeth, it is also important to teach your kids the importance of brushing their tongues as well.
I will end this post by showing you an information video provided by Brushy Bear.
How do you encourage your kids to practice good dental hygiene?