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Teaching Your Kids Good Dental Habits

Kid's dental visit.Teaching your kids good dental habits is important, but it can be difficult to motivate children to practice proper oral hygiene. Use the following tips to teach your kids about oral hygiene and keep them motivated and excited about taking care of their teeth.

Make It Fun

Find ways to make dental hygiene fun for your kids. Try one of the following ideas, or come up with ideas of your own:

  • Give your kids a specific amount of cash and take them to the store to pick their own toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss.
  • Play a song or a short, funny video while your kids brush their teeth. Tell them they can’t stop brushing until the song or video is over—this will help them learn to brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes.
  • Describe the motion of a train’s wheels when telling your kid how to move their toothbrush in their mouth.
  • Make up a fun story with your kids with plaque, tartar, and other dental problems as villains. Have your kids draw pictures of themselves as dental superheroes with floss and toothbrushes for tools.

Show Them Why It Matters

Kids like to understand why they are asked to do things. Take them to the dentist and have the dentist explain the importance of good oral hygiene. Then, if they need the message to be reinforced, use a dissolving agent to show your kids the plaque and build up in their own mouths.

Set A Good Example

Setting a good example is one of the best ways to teach your kids. Make sure your kids know that you care about dental hygiene. Let them see you brushing and flossing your teeth—or better yet, brush and floss your teeth with your kids. You’ll set an example for them and be able to monitor their habits and correct problems as needed. Your kids should also know that you go to the dentist. If it isn’t practical to go in for an appointment on the same day as your kids, tell them about your appointment so they know that you value going to the dentist for checkups.

 

To learn more about helping your kids keep their teeth healthy, visit Royal Dental.

shutterstock_171527912Have you ever noticed your gums bleeding while you were brushing your teeth or flossing? If this happens to you, don’t ignore it! Bleeding gums should be taken very seriously. Here’s what you need to know:

Bleeding Gums Are A Sign Of Gum Disease

Gums do not normally bleed—even brushing your teeth a little roughly should not result in bleeding gums. If your gums bleed while you brush your teeth or while you’re flossing you probably have gum disease.

 

So what is gum disease? Gum disease is also sometimes referred to as gingivitis or periodontal disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can destroy your gums, damage your teeth and result in tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease and diabetes, so it should be taken seriously.

 

Gum disease is caused by poor dental hygiene, but being pregnant, having diabetes, smoking, or eating lots of sugary foods can increase your likelihood of getting gum disease. Bleeding gums are just one sign of gum disease—watch for other signs such as tender or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, mouth sores, loose teeth, or receding gums.

What Should You Do If Your Gums Start Bleeding?

While gum disease can be scary because of its serious effects, there are things you can do to stop it from progressing and even recover.

 

First, call your dentist and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Your dentist can determine how far the infection has progressed and what type of treatment is necessary. You’ll likely at least need a professional cleaning. Often you’ll need a deeper cleaning, which is called ‘scaling.’

 

If the problem is more serious, your dentist may recommend medication or surgery. If the problem is manageable, there are steps you can take on your own to treat and prevent gum disease:

  • Rinse out your mouth with water and brush your teeth after every meal.
  • Floss at least once a day—it may be wise to floss more often while you’re recovering from gum disease.
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash that is designed to kill bacteria.
  • Avoid sugary foods and beverages that can cause buildup.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

 

To learn more about treating gum disease and other oral health issues, contact Royal Dental.

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