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How to Create Good Oral Health Habits for your Kids?

Monday - March 9th, 2020
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How to prevent tooth decay for your children

Even though tooth decay is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases, it’s entirely preventable. How? Tooth decay is preventable with proper oral hygiene. The earlier your child starts to practice good oral hygiene, the faster they will acquire the habits of good oral health care. It’s important for caregivers and parents to help kids learn and practice good oral health habits at home. The intent to instill good oral health habits in your kids will pay off now and in the future as your children enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.

How Do You Establish Good Oral Hygiene Habits with Kids?

According to the “State of Little Teeth Report” from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), nearly one in five children under the age of 5 have experienced tooth decay. While these numbers are concerning for sure, good dental habits and regular dental visits starting by age 1 (or when the first teeth pop through the gums) can slow or reverse the tooth decay process in children.

Just like any other new habit, repetition is key when establishing good oral health habits in kids. Here are some helpful tips to help you make good oral hygiene a habit in your home:

7 Ways to Motivate your Children to Practice Good Oral Health Habits

Who doesn’t need a little motivation to help gain valuable life habits? Sometimes knowing the negative consequences of not taking care of your teeth isn’t enough motivation to keep brushing. Here are some tips to give you kids a little extra nudge in the direction of good oral health habits:

The Egg Experiment Helps Get Kids to Brush their Teeth

Sometimes it’s easier (and more effective) to show rather than tell when it comes to getting children to care about their oral health. That’s where the egg experiment comes in. This simple experiment demonstrates to your kids the benefits of healthy eating and regular brushing.

Tooth enamel, the hard outer part of your teeth, is similar to the hard outer shell of an egg. Even though they aren’t exactly the same:

What You Need for the Egg Experiment


Option #2: Another version of this experiment adds a second cup filled with milk or water. Fill one cup with the soda as instructed above and then fill another with milk or water to compare what happens to the egg after being submerged in the different liquids for a day.

Discussion and Learning

After your child sees the way brushing can wash away the brown film left on the egg by the cola, discuss these topics:

Don’t despair dads, moms, and caregivers! It WILL take time before your kids establish good oral hygiene habits, but with a consistent effort, it will happen (eventually). Another important task you can take care of to ensure a lifetime of oral health for your children is to schedule their dental checkup and cleaning today. Request an appointment online today!