As a parent, there are about a billion things to do and think about in a day. Your kid’s dental health is just another thing on the list. It’s hard to be intentional and keep track of the habits that are being formed. More often than not, we let it slip off the radar until the dentist comes out saying, “They have a cavity.” Another appointment and a few hundred dollars later, the problem is fixed…just with more trouble than you anticipated.
To prevent this from happening, here is a list of things to remember for your family’s dental care this year:
1. Start Good Habits Early
Teach your kids at an early age what they need to do to have and maintain good oral health:
- Brush teeth daily
- Floss daily
- Visit a Pediatric dentist – check your area and read reviews online to find a good pediatric dentist. Try them out, and if you don’t like them, continue the search.
2. Think about the Future
As your kids get older, more dental work may be needed:
- Wisdom Teeth Removal – Older teens face this procedure at some point. It’s good to be thinking about what goes into this surgery.
A lot of teens do not care for their teeth as they should, leading to dental problems that can cost a lot of money. So as you think financially–maybe consider purchasing a discount dental plan–also be thinking of ways to encourage your kids to value their dental health.
3. Make it fun!
Try different methods for making tooth-brushing fun for your kids, and reward your kids for their effort. Here are a few ideas:
- Brushing Calendar – Keep a tooth-brushing calendar and, after each month, take them out for ice cream.
- Tooth-Brushing Songs – Check out these songs to teach your kids while they brush their teeth!
- No Cavities – If your kid has a good report at the dentist, swing by a place on the way home for a treat.
- Healthy Snacks – Search for snacks that will do little harm to your kids’ teeth. Check out ways to encourage your kids to eat healthy food, here.
- Buy dental tools your kids are excited about using – Fun toothbrushes, a toothpaste they like, flossing sticks, etc. This will further encourage your kids to continually care for their teeth.
Getting your family’s dental care in order is a big task. Reference back to this post to check your progress. You’ll be relieved to see how your family is progressing and knowing how to plan for the future.
What are things you keep in mind for your family’s dental care?