One thing is for certain: the pandemic allowed us to spend more quality time with our children. While all of this togetherness wasn’t always easy, it created an environment where parents could keep a closer eye on their children, instill good habits, and make memories. As 2021 brings us our most “normal” school year in a long time, it may be difficult to grapple with the idea of separating from your children. After over a year of adjusting to new schedules and routines, it’s finally time to start entering back into a pre-pandemic way of life. If you’ve worked hard to instill good eating habits, dental hygiene routines, or family time, you may be wondering what you can do to maintain these lifestyle habits throughout the upcoming year. Fortunately, we have some ideas on how you can help your child maintain good dental habits this school year.
Brush and Floss Together
You are the best role model for your child. Your eating habits, activity levels, and even the way you brush your teeth will serve as the foundation for your child to follow suit. When it comes to dental hygiene, take some time to brush and floss together during your morning and evening dental care routines. Not only can you walk your child through the best practices of dental care, but it will also create a few minutes of quality time as our lives become more hectic. Maintaining these dental care routines will create consistency within the household to promote healthy dental habits for life.
Eat Healthy at Home
You can’t control everything your child eats, especially as the world opens back up and more time is allowed for socialization with friends, school events, and other gatherings. You can, however, promote healthy eating at home that will help ensure your child gets all of their nutrients that benefit their bodies and their smiles. By eating healthy at home, you can lead by example, so your child knows the importance of eating their fruits and vegetables. Not only does this promote overall health, but healthy eating also helps to create clean, strong, cavity-free teeth.
Pack a Healthy Lunch
You can extend healthy eating from home to school by packing a lunch for your child that is filled with raw fruits and vegetables. Natural foods are less likely to have any added sugar that can lead to tooth decay. Raw vegetables and fruits contain essential nutrients and can scrape away plaque that may have formed throughout the day. It’s also a good idea to send your child to school with plenty of water that can also help wash away any excess plaque and food particles.
Let Your Child Take an Active Role in Their Oral Health
Maintaining good dental habits this school year doesn’t have to be a pain. By letting your child take an active role in their oral health, they can feel a grown-up sense of responsibility and even look forward to visiting the dentist. Talk to Ashey Dental Associates about setting up an educational appointment where your child meets the staff, gets to look at the tools, and learns about their teeth before any cleaning is done. At Ashley Dental, we prioritize communication for all of our patients, including our youngest patients! Even small steps, like letting your child pick out their own toothbrush, can get them excited about dental care.
Make it Fun
Creating an association between dental hygiene and fun is a great way to promote long-lasting dental care habits. Play music while you brush your teeth together, or make up a game related to brushing and flossing. All of these ideas can make it so your child looks forward to brushing and flossing their teeth. There are also plenty of picture books that tell stories about visiting the dentist, losing a tooth, and other dental milestones that make visiting the dentist seem less scary.
Buy Portable Dental Tools
Sending your child to school with fun, mini dental tools is an innovative way to get your child excited about maintaining their good dental habits. Sometimes a change in environment is all your child needs to make their normal routine seem more exciting. You may even find that your child’s friend may want to start participating in dental care at school. You can shake up your child’s dental routine by supplying different dental tools at home than what you send with them to school.
Contact Ashley Dental Associates
Whether you’re looking for ways to improve your dental care or you are just getting started, our team at Ashley Dental Associates in North Charleston is here for you. We can help you establish and maintain good dental habits at any point in the year! No matter the reason why you decide to schedule an appointment, we offer years of experience and are equipped with the knowledge, skill, and latest technology to provide the highest quality of dental care. Schedule an appointment at Ashley Dental Associates by calling us at (843) 767-2600.