Raising a child to be strong and confident involves teaching them about health including their oral health. Parents sometimes have a hard time convincing children to take good care of their teeth. However, they don’t need to be convinced but rather taught. There are clever ways to instil those important early habits. During a dental visit, the dentist or hygienist will clean any teeth and assess the need for fluoride. They will also educate parents about oral health care basics for children and discuss dental developmental issues and answer any questions.
Initiate good oral health habits early
Although a child’s first teeth will eventually all fallout, it does not mean that their oral health isn’t a priority. Neglecting an infant’s teeth can result in early tooth decay which is often seen in children who eat starchy and sugary food, or they fall asleep sucking their milk bottle. This can become more of a prevalent problem, especially in low-income families that have to worry about basic needs.
Starting early with good oral care habits will be beneficial throughout your child’s life. doing this begins as early as infancy, where you can establish a dental hygiene routine. and they can gain confidence in doing it especially if they watched others do it
Children need their teeth for many reasons including tooth development, space maintenance, digestion, and speech development. This stage of a child’s growth is important in for their self-perception and confidence in being able to talk, play freely without worry. The expectation of getting preventive messages and habits to children early, is that they will develop a commitment to maintaining their oral health throughout their entire lives.
Things that can help a child gain confidence
- Be genuine, sincere, and specific when you give praises
Rewarding good behaviour is great but is important to instil understanding The more they understand oral health and it’s benefits, the more they will see the need for it.
- Tell your child that they are good: You would want your child to know that they can change their behaviour.