Are You Setting a Good Dental Example?

As a parent, you may have learned the hard way that your kids are likely watching your every move. In fact, it could be why you started watching what you say when you inevitably stub a toe, and also why you stopped having French fries as an afternoon snack. When it comes to setting a good oral health example, though, how are you really doing? There are several simple habits you should develop to protect your own smile. Fortunately, these can also help to create a good oral care example for your kids!

Are You Flossing Your Teeth?

As you know, brushing is important for you and your kids. That said, flossing is also important, yet many adults admit that they do not floss on a regular basis, if at all.

If you want to enjoy a cavity-free smile, and kids who also enjoy great oral health, make sure flossing is a part of your entire family’s daily routine, including yours.

The process only takes a few minutes, yet it can have great benefits for your smiles. If you need help mastering proper flossing technique yourself, take advantage of the American Dental Association’s helpful instructional videos.

Do You Brush for At Least Two Minutes?

When it comes to brushing, you have likely already mastered proper technique. But, are you brushing long enough to do the most good? Brushing should take approximately two minutes, and should be done in the morning, and again at night, either before bed or when you’ve finished eating for the day.

If you struggle to brush your teeth for an adequate amount of time a song you like can help be your indicator when to start and stop. Or, use a timer on your phone! (These are good ideas for the kids, too.)

How Often Do You See the Dentist? (How Do You Speak About Those Visits?)

Finally, make sure you are scheduling dental checkups and cleanings for yourself, along with your kids. Preventive visits are key to protecting smiles from common threats, like cavities. Plus, going to the dentist, and speaking positively about your experiences, can help your kids develop healthy thoughts about dentistry.

Don’t Forget Regular Cleanings!

Every child needs to see the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. To schedule a visit for your child, contact Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda, at 214-321-4880.

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