4. Explain What Happens Without Good Oral Hygiene
Some children don’t brush their teeth because they don’t understand why it’s important. Their parents simply say brush your teeth or you will get cavities. Instead, explain to your child what plaque is, how it attacks their teeth and gums, and what happens when they don’t brush and floss away from the bacteria. Think cavities, gum disease, bad breath, painful symptoms, tooth loss, and long and expensive procedures. It’s also important to mention that poor oral health is connected to higher risks of heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, low immune system, and more. The more education about dentistry and how it affects your body your child has, the more likely it will stay ingrained in their heads.