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Teaching children good dental hygiene can be tricky. You want to enforce rules like brushing your teeth every morning and before bed, but you also don’t want to make dental hygiene feel like a chore or else it will be something they try to skip rather than know they need to do it every day. By starting to teach them healthy habits when they’re young, it’ll be easier for them to continue them as they get older.
Back to school is a stressful time for parents and children alike. You have to fight the crowds at convenience stores for back-to-school supplies, drive to each school to register your child, finalize class schedules and make sure your child is ready for a year of learning.
Those responsibilities aren’t even including the extra things you have to do to prepare if your child participates in a fall sport or after school activity. With so much going on in such a short amount of time, putting your child on the bus to school can almost feel like a relief.
Once at school though, if not prepared, a child’s oral care can take a big hit. Children eat at least five meals a week at school, plus any snacks and treats they might pack or have in class.
Unfortunately, you can’t control your child’s dental habits at school, but you can be prepared to help your child make positive choices for their mouth once they’re back to class. Here are some back to school dental care to help prepare for a new school year with (hopefully) no cavities or oral issues!
Having your child participate in sports is a great way to teach them teamwork, dedication and to help them get outside. As kids grow from being in a developmental atmosphere to a competitive team, the risk of injury increases.
Injuries don’t just include broken bones - when playing a contact sport, there is always a risk of dental or facial injuries. Even as an adult, staying safe while playing sports is very important.
According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety, an athlete is 60 times more likely to have oral damage if they do not wear a protective mouthguard while playing a sport. Oral damage can range from a chipped tooth to permanent damage to the mouth.
If you want your child to love brushing their teeth it is important to involve them in the whole process but also to make it into something fun. Getting your child to enjoy brushing their teeth could be as simple as asking them what they want to do to make it more fun. I'm sure they'll have some very creative and fun ideas to make the whole experience more of an adventure. So ask them! Aside from that, here are some quick but fun tips to get your child to enjoy brushing their teeth.
It is believed that the Tooth Fairy visited 86 percent of U.S. households with children last year, at least those that lost a tooth, but is teaching children about the tooth fairy a good idea? Every kid loves to find that a magical fairy has left some goodies beneath their pillow. It makes the whole ordeal of losing a tooth much easier to swallow, and it opens the door for parents to teach children about the importance of oral health.
Believe it or not there are some ways to use the tooth fairy to teach your children about good dental health habits. These were published earlier this year in honor of National Tooth Fairy Day (yes, there really is one.)
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