It’s never too soon to teach your children about the importance of good oral health and get them in to a routine that will carry them throughout their lives.
While some children will take to the task at hand easily and without much fuss, everyone learns differently and may take a little extra coaxing. Here are a few tips for you to help your little ones keep their teeth and gums healthy.
• Teach your children about their teeth. Explain the different types of teeth, how many they have, where they are located and even what their jobs are. As adults we have 32 teeth – twelve molars (in sets of three and are in the back of the mouth), eight premolars (also known as bicuspids and are used to crush and tear food), four cuspids (next to the bicuspids or premolars and are pointed which make tearing food easy) and eight incisors (located in the front of the mouth and are used to cut food.)
• Read books specifically about dental health. A trip to your library or local book store will provide plenty of age-appropriate reading material that talk about good dental health. For younger children, books with more illustrations are a better choice. If you are able to connect to the Internet, the American Dental Association’s website offers an animated book about going to the dentist.
• Experiments are fun, too! You can come up with your own experiments or, if you prefer, Crest offers a great experiment on their website that shows how teeth can become soft and weak if they are continuously exposed to acids that are normally found in foods we eat every day.
The younger your children are the better when it comes to teaching about good oral health habits. Don’t put it off another minute.
Victoria Addington says
My daughter Betty, who is seven years old, is about to go to the dentist for her first dental checkup. However, she’s scared to see one because of the notion that tooth extraction is painful. Thanks for your tip on finding books with more illustrations since you mentioned that it is a better choice for children. To help her overcome her anxiety and to encourage her to take care of her dental health, I am looking for illustrated books to help children brush their teeth.