Parents, we want what’s best for our kids, and that includes their oral health! Good oral hygiene habits are important for a variety of reasons, some of which will be discussed in this blog. It can be hard to get kids to brush their teeth regularly and floss properly, but it’s worth it! In this blog, we will discuss reasons why oral health is so important for children and some easy ways to improve a child’s oral hygiene.
Oral health is important for children for many reasons. These include:
Maintaining Overall Health
First, maintaining overall health is easier when teeth and gums are healthy. Good oral hygiene habits can help prevent gum disease, which is linked to heart disease and other chronic conditions.
Promoting Cognitive Development
Second, good oral health also promotes cognitive development. A child’s teeth are important for chewing and eating nutritious foods. When children have tooth pain, they may avoid certain foods that are essential for their developing brains. Additionally, poor oral health has been linked to poor school performance. This is partially due to missing school from unscheduled dental visits to repair cavities.
Decreasing the Risk of Chronic Medical Conditions
Third, oral health is also important for decreasing the risk of chronic medical conditions. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. By maintaining good oral hygiene habits, children can decrease their risk of developing these chronic conditions later in life.
Decreasing the Risk of Preventable Conditions
Fourth, oral health is also important for decreasing the risk of preventable conditions. Cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease, and they are completely preventable! Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly can help children avoid cavities.
Avoiding Psychosocial Consequences
Fifth, good oral health can also help children avoid psychosocial consequences. Children with dental problems may suffer from low self-esteem and poor social interactions. This is due to the appearance of their teeth and mouth. Additionally, tooth pain can lead to difficulty concentrating and sleeping, which can further affect a child’s school performance.
Instilling Good Habits
Finally, good oral hygiene habits can also be instilled in children at a young age. By teaching children the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth, they are more likely to continue these habits into adulthood. Additionally, regular dental visits can help establish a lifetime of good oral health habits.
Tips for Improving Your Child’s Oral Hygiene
There are many easy ways to improve your child’s oral hygiene. Here are just a few easy ways to help your child manage their oral hygiene:
Teach Them the Basics
The first step is to teach your child the basics of oral hygiene. This includes showing them how to brush and floss their teeth properly. You can find helpful videos and resources online or from your child’s dentist. When your child is younger, you will likely need to help them learn the proper techniques. As they get older, you can help them become more independent with their daily brushing and flossing routine. However, be sure to make it a daily routine for them.
Make it Fun!
Another way to help improve your child’s oral hygiene is to make it fun! There are many ways to make brushing and flossing more fun for kids. You can buy them a special toothbrush with their favorite character on it. There are also many fun flavored toothpastes available that your child will love. You can even turn brushing into a game! There are many apps and websites that have games specifically designed to help kids brush their teeth properly.
Take Them to the Dentist Regularly
Finally, be sure to take your child to the dentist regularly. This is important for several reasons. First, it allows the dentist to catch any problems early. Additionally, it helps your child get used to going to the dentist and having their teeth cleaned. This can help reduce any anxiety or fear they may have about going to the dentist.
In this blog, we have discussed the reasons why oral health is so important for children, as well as provided some tips on how to improve their oral health. By following these tips, you can help improve your child’s oral hygiene and establish good habits that will last a lifetime! Thanks for reading!
Dr. Gerald Sisko graduated from Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1987. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Akron Dental Society where he is currently holding a council position. He has had the honor and distinction of being awarded “TOP DENTIST” in Akron and Cleveland as well as Northeast Ohio for the last several consecutive years.