You probably know the importance of regular checkups for your children, but you inevitably forget to schedule one for yourself. Busy moms and dads who think they are putting their children first are actually setting a bad example with their own oral care when they don’t make it a priority. Below?are some tips to help keep your entire family’s smiles health and happy.
Make it a family affair
Choose a dentist who specializes in?family dentistry. Using the same dentist office for the entire family not only saves you time but lets your children see that you value your own teeth enough to engage in proper dental care. A family dentist is also a great idea for children who might be a little wary of going it alone, since they may be able to see you have your checkup or cleaning first. It demystifies the process and makes it easier on everyone.
Practice what you preach
It’s no good pointing the finger at the kids when they skip out on brushing their teeth; you must set a good example for them to follow. Make a big occasion out of buying new toothbrushes for the entire family, then brush along with your children to promote good dental health. Help them develop good brushing techniques to prevent cavities and other forms of tooth decay.
Skip the sweets
Just like with brushing, if you are constantly sipping sugary sodas or coffee with extra sugar and creamer, you are setting a bad example for your children. Make a point to seek out healthier options that don’t include sugary drinks or sticky sweets which lead to tooth decay. Lead by example and your entire family will benefit from healthier smiles.
If you want to know more about keeping your family’s smiles looking great,?contact us?for help with all your family’s dental needs.