Good oral health is important for people because it helps promote good confidence and good overall health. Here are three reasons why it’s important to teach your kids about their oral health and set them down the right path from the start.
1. It Will Prevent Severe Future Issues
When your kids know everything that there is to know about oral health, they will be in a good position to take better care of it. This is why you need to teach them how to brush their teeth the right way and floss as well. Find a way to make it a fun activity for them so they look forward to it and remember to do it by themselves. Come up with a routine so that it will be easy for them to remember to brush and floss every single day and they will have minimal issues with their teeth as they grow.
When your kids take good care of their teeth, they will have an easier time maintaining good oral health throughout their lives. Issues such as cavities and gum disease will be avoidable for them for the most part. This is important because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC has found that half of all Americans aged 30 years and above have periodontitis. When they’re adults and have a mouth full of healthy teeth, they will remember the foundation you set for them. They will also be likely to teach their own kids good oral health habits and help another generation maintain great oral health.
2. They Will Have Great Self-Confidence
It’s a fact that a healthy smile can give someone a serious boost of self-confidence. With more confidence, your children will be happier and more secure in social settings as they have nothing to be insecure about as far as their oral health goes. With a thriving social life, you can be sure that your children will have an amazing time navigating life.
About 50% to 75% of people can benefit from getting orthodontic treatment, so it’s good to set your children on the right path from the start. If they need braces or some other corrective procedure, find a good oral health professional to work with and entrust them with restoring your child’s bright smile. If they seem self-conscious about an orthodontic procedure, talk to them and let them know that it will leave them in a much better state for the future.
3. They Will Have Better Overall Health
Finally, oral health is a major part of overall health, so by improving your kid’s oral health, you improve their general health. Set the standard of taking good care of their teeth early enough and you will have bright, healthy kids in your home.
They will also learn that visits to the dentist are nothing to be scared about so they will be open to going for regular checkups as is necessary. In this way, they will be able to find and fix any issues long before they become a threat to their general health. Since the best time to start orthodontic treatment is at age seven, you need to plan for your child’s first visits any time before this so they can get accustomed to visiting the dentist.
The three reasons above are enough to show you that you need to teach your children about proper oral health early enough. When you do, you will set them down a good path of great health early enough for them to keep at it for the rest of their lives, something they will be grateful for for the rest of their lives.