Teaching good oral health to your children

Learning how to take care of their teeth at a young age will save your kids from other dental problems when they grow up.

Understandably, there are so many things that we have to prepare our kids for at an early age, from potty training, to sleeping arrangements, eating habits, to brushing their teeth regularly. As parents, we clearly know how crucial these things are for them once they start to work on their hygiene routines independently. Out of all these training, the oral care is admittedly one of the toughest habit to teach to them, considering that there is no natural body impulse to make them do it. I’ve seen so many children around 7 to 8 years old who are mortified when they go to a dental clinic. A trip to an orthodontist or dentist is surely not one of the most comfortable experiences for a kid, but nonetheless necessary. One of the ways to reduce their fear of oral check-up is to start from home.

As a mom of two active kids, I had the same struggle and I was even more pressured knowing that our family is not one to have a set of perfect teeth. This makes good oral care even more crucial in our home. I did all possible fun and kid-friendly ways to make oral care more acceptable and less horrifying for my kids. As a matter of fact, I introduced them early on to our family orthodontist in Vancouver even before the fear develops in their head. Fortunately, dentists and orthodontics around town try to be as kid-friendly as possible. Our first trip was just to introduce them to the Orthodontic, knowing full well that one of them will eventually have to wear braces. They were able to see how it works around a clinic and why it’s important to brush their teeth regularly.

So, going back home, I simply tell them about their experiences in the orthodontics to remind them to take care of their teeth. I tried not to be too strict about the rules, though. We just make sure to brush and floss our teeth together whenever we can, and candies are totally banned from our house. You see, the habits of eating sweets will also start young, and from home. So before they even get heavily influenced with what their classmates will be eating at school, it’s good to already put in their heads what they are allowed to eat. My other kid already went to school, and predictably, some of her classmates buy candies. She got tempted to buy one for herself, as well, but when she got home, she still got the candies with her. That’s when she asked me if she can eat those. On my part, that’s how I also knew that I’ve successfully managed to embed in their minds what’s good and harmful for their teeth. But of course, I allowed my daughter the treat of eating one of the candies she brought.

Teaching good oral health to children does not have to be a tough process. We all know how kids can easily adopt to things we teach them, so it’s crucial that we teach them the things that need to be avoided as part of caring for their teeth, and all these need to be done in the most positive way, possible.