We often hear the phrase, “repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.” Well, we’d like to refute that statement. In fact, creating habits and routines can take a while—especially in young kids. Once positive habits are solidified, they can be maintained for good oral hygiene (and overall well being, too) for years to come. We’ve seen it happen! Kids come into our office with poor oral hygiene habits, and the pediatric dentist reinforces healthy habits each time. Eventually, with the proper practice, education and encouragement at home, these little patients begin to form lifelong healthy oral hygiene routines.
So, why are kids dental routines important?
For starters, habits formed as a young child often follow us into our adulthood. If a child’s dental routine is poor or non-existent, oral health conditions such as bad breath, gingivitis, and cavities can develop. If these negative habits are never broken, the likelihood of that child experiencing dental issues in the future is higher than it’d be in kids with positive habits. To circumvent future issues and help prevent current issues from worsening, it’s crucial that kids get proper support and guidance for developing and maintaining the proper dental health routines.
How can I get my child to take care of their dental hygiene if they don’t want to?
This question is another common one we get as pediatric dentists. There are numerous tips and tricks that you can try at home depending on your child’s age group. For smaller children, using 2 minute long songs that kids can brush along to can help them to gage how long to brush for. If your child is older or just more intrigued by gadgets, try some of these cool kids dental gadgets! For more information and tips on how to encourage positive kids dental habits at home, click here. When all else fails, sometimes it can help to take a visit to your pediatric dentist and have them explain why dental hygiene is so important. Dr. Sybil Padavathil is a pediatric dentist in Garden City, NY that provides a positive, educational experience for all of her patients! We are currently accepting new patients and accept most major insurance plans. Call us at 516-758-5437 to schedule a kids dental visit today!