What your dental habits are teaching your children

[:en]Mother And Daughter Brushing Teeth Together

Parents are much more than caretakers. Parents are role models, leaders, and they model behaviors which children will then recreate in their own lives. We see this happen all the time at Smile Workshop – sometimes we have children brag about their dental hygiene saying, “I learned this from my mom!” Other times, they may be forgetting to brush twice a day or floss all together because they’ve never seen their mom or dad do so. This week, Smile Workshop looks at what your dental habits are teaching your children!

Brushing Habits
This habit is the most frequently taught and most commonly learned behavior for dental hygiene. Most parents teach children to brush their teeth very early on, but we see different perspectives on how often to brush. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. The earlier you begin teaching your children proper tooth brushing habits, the more likely they are to adopt them on their own.

Flossing Habits
Here’s where we encounter trouble! Most parents seem to tell their children that flossing is important, but they don’t commonly model the behavior for their children. Be sure to take time and show your child how to properly floss, emphasize the importance of flossing and explain what can happen if they don’t take care of their teeth!

Dental Visits
Staying consistent with dental cleanings and check-ups is important, but this is where we see misleading behavior. Children are used to going to their own dental check-ups and back-to-school cleanings but don’t see their parents visiting the dentist as often. Be sure to model healthy behavior, stay current on your own dental cleanings, and explain that children need more dental appointments because their teeth are still growing and maturing.

Be sure to not only model healthy dental habits for your children, but explain why you take care of your teeth. Open communication is one of the best tools for teaching your children better, healthier habits!

 

–       Smile Workshop[:es]Mother And Daughter Brushing Teeth Together

 

 

Parents are much more than caretakers. Parents are role models, leaders, and they model behaviors which children will then recreate in their own lives. We see this happen all the time at Smile Workshop – sometimes we have children brag about their dental hygiene saying, “I learned this from my mom!” Other times, they may be forgetting to brush twice a day or floss all together because they’ve never seen their mom or dad do so. This week, Smile Workshop looks at what your dental habits are teaching your children!

Brushing Habits
This habit is the most frequently taught and most commonly learned behavior for dental hygiene. Most parents teach children to brush their teeth very early on, but we see different perspectives on how often to brush. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. The earlier you begin teaching your children proper tooth brushing habits, the more likely they are to adopt them on their own.

Flossing Habits
Here’s where we encounter trouble! Most parents seem to tell their children that flossing is important, but they don’t commonly model the behavior for their children. Be sure to take time and show your child how to properly floss, emphasize the importance of flossing and explain what can happen if they don’t take care of their teeth!

Dental Visits
Staying consistent with dental cleanings and check-ups is important, but this is where we see misleading behavior. Children are used to going to their own dental check-ups and back-to-school cleanings but don’t see their parents visiting the dentist as often. Be sure to model healthy behavior, stay current on your own dental cleanings, and explain that children need more dental appointments because their teeth are still growing and maturing.

Be sure to not only model healthy dental habits for your children, but explain why you take care of your teeth. Open communication is one of the best tools for teaching your children better, healthier habits!

 

–       Smile Workshop[:]