As adults, we’re aware that breaking a habit is a hard thing to do. That’s why it’s so important to encourage healthy habits with young children. Helping them establish proper oral health habits at a young age will help ensure those habits follow them into adulthood.
What type of oral health habits are important for children to learn? We compiled a list:
- Maintaining Proper Oral Hygiene
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing teeth twice a day, for two minutes at a time. The ADA also suggests flossing and rinsing with mouthwash once a day.
- Eating a Well-Balanced Diet
A diet that limits sugary foods is important for protecting teeth from tooth decay. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) says that eating sugary foods with meals helps reduce their potential to cause cavities. This is because the mouth produces more salvia when consuming a full meal, and therefore can help wash away the sugary residue.
- Establishing Regular Dental Visits
Help a child get used to the dentist by maintaining regular visits. The AAPD recommends children have two regular dental visits per year. Make sure that they are comfortable during their visit; however, don’t reward them for going, as that could imply it’s an irregular thing. It’s important children understand that these regular check-ups are part of good oral care and shouldn’t be missed.
For additional tips on oral health habits for children, consult your dentist.
VBA dental plans are administered and underwritten by TruAssure and are offered in association with the DenteMax Plus dental network arrangement, which includes participating dentists from the United Concordia, DenteMax and Connection dental networks in all states but North Carolina, where the DenteMax Plus network arrangement includes DenteMax and Connection dental networks.