It’s not exactly as thrilling as bouncing on a jumping castle or finding worms in the garden. And for this reason, kids need a great incentive for them to find the joy in oral health care. You definitely can’t tell them they’re going to have a bright smile, or that they have to maintain fresh breath so that when they present themselves to people they can be confident.
What you really want your kids to do is to get into the good habit of wanting to have a healthy mouth from a very young age, so that they can be passionate about feeling great. You might want to even teach them the old universal proverb “a smile can get you anywhere”.
Oral Care Products for Kids
Fortunately there are a number of toothbrush and toothpaste brands that have taken the initiative to provide products that add the fun factor to kids’ oral care. They figured that in order for you to be able to take good care of your kids’ teeth you need them to also participate by wanting to brush their teeth twice a day. And the only way to instil that much (double) excitement about oral health is to make sure that they look forward to brushing their teeth when they wake up and just before they go to sleep.
This was simply executed by giving the kids’ toothpaste a nice flavour instead of the burning adult toothpaste. The obvious assumption here was that if children like the way it tastes, then they’ll probably want to have it all the time (just like sweets – instead this sweet is good for them). The other great innovation that complements this one is the kids’ toothbrush. This variety usually uses designs of famous cartoon characters to attract the kids. When a child has their so called hero “telling” them to brush their teeth twice a day, chances are they will listen willingly. The invention of the kid dental products was not, however, to encourage kids to throw tantrums at the supermarkets when you walking through the toiletries aisle.
Another very important aspect of your child’s oral health is their nutrition. Eating healthy meals and snacks is critical to a child’s developing teeth. Make sure your child receives nutritious, well-balanced meals, and when it’s snack time, be careful to offer your child something filling and healthy rather than something sugary that could damage teeth and still leave your child feeling hungry.
Here are some simple tips to encourage your child’s healthy eating habits.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a healthy meal includes: fruits and vegetables, grains, dairy, and lean proteins. Fruits and veggies should make up half of your child’s daily food intake. If possible, half of the grains your child consumes should be whole grains such as whole wheat bread, brown rice or oatmeal. When selecting dairy products for your child, try to choose low-fat or fat-free options. Lean proteins include fish, skinless poultry and lean beef. Many people think only of meat when they think of proteins, however, eggs, beans and peas are other examples of foods that contain protein. The USDA recommends eating 8 oz. of seafood every week.
Monitoring snacks is another important way for you to help your child make healthy choices. Though chips or soda may seem more appealing to your child, encourage them to select food options that will satisfy their hunger and teach them to pursue a healthy lifestyle long term. You don’t need to completely eliminate starchy or sugary foods from your child’s diet, but use good judgment and limit the amount of these types of food.
Tooth decay, the most common chronic childhood disease, can interfere with a child’s ability to play, learn, eat, sleep or speak. Without treatment, tooth decay causes infections and pain. Keeping that in mind, you’ll see that it’s important to follow these steps for good oral health. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits can save money and ensure health throughout a lifetime of dental care.