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Creating Good Oral Hygiene Habits for Your Family

It’s no secret that our kids are always watching what we do and picking up little habits and quirks from what they see. We want them to grow up healthy and happy, so it’s important that we act as good role models and teach them great habits they can take with them into adulthood. The sooner you instill great oral hygiene practices in your children, the better off they’ll be. Wondering how exactly to do that? Here are some easy ways you can create good dental care habits in your family:

Visit the Dentist Regularly

You and your children should be visiting the dentist for routine check-ups twice a year. Consider bringing your kid to your appointment so they can see that you’re taking care of their teeth and that it doesn’t have to be something to fear. When you get them accustomed to the dentist at an early age, it may prevent them from growing up with dental fear or anxiety, which in turn can stop them from getting the care they need.

Go for Tooth-Friendly Snacks

It’s hard to resist a delicious sugary snack whether you’re a child or an adult. While you don’t have to cut out sweets completely, try to have more nutritious options around the house like fruits, veggies, and milk rather than candy, chips, and soda. That way, they can enjoy healthy foods that won’t hurt their teeth whenever they’re feeling like they need a snack.

Make Brushing Fun

Tooth-brushing time doesn’t have to be a chore. You can make it more enjoyable for your kids by first letting them pick out their own colorful toothbrush. If they have one with their favorite character, they may be more inspired to use it! Then, when it’s time for them to brush their teeth on their own, play a song they love that’s around two minutes and tell them they have to brush until the song is over. A couple of minutes can seem like an eternity for a kid, but it’s the recommended time for brushing your teeth and listening to a fun song can help them get through it with ease.

At Choice Austin Dental, we love helping the families of our community have their very best smiles. For more dental tips or to book dental appointments for your whole family, contact us today!

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