Hygiene is a critical element to helping your children develop and maintain his or her confidence. Once your children start going to school or participating in activities with other children, they will be much more likely to make friends and have good social experiences if they don’t offend other children with bad hygiene. After all, we all remember kids who struggled in school because they always had bad breath or gunky teeth. That said, one of the best things you can do as a parent is teach your children good oral hygiene so that they can feel confident in their social spheres.
Make Sure They Floss
Every parent knows that brushing is important—but flossing is just as essential in your children’s quest toward maintaining good oral hygiene. Ideally, your children should floss once a day. If they are struggling to use regular floss, try buying them floss picks or even a water flosser to make flossing much easier. Have your children bring some travel floss to school so that they can remove any gunk in their teeth after eating.
Have Them Brush With Baking Soda
Yellowing teeth tend to be off-putting to most people. Even if they are totally clean and healthy, yellow teeth give off the appearance of uncleanliness. A cost-effective, easy solution to whiter teeth is to have your children occasionally brush with a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste. This is because baking soda is great for naturally whitening teeth. Don’t do this too often, however, as it can weaken the enamel on your children’s teeth.
Pack Them Some Mints or Sugar-Free Gum
If your children will be eating a meal outside the home, it is a good idea to pack them some breath mints or sugar-free mint gum in their lunch box. Doing so will ensure that you children don’t offend other children with smelly breath or gunky teeth. And, as already mentioned, helping your children to showcase good oral hygiene within their social spheres is one of the best ways you can help them to build their confidence.
Last but not least, help your children improve their dental hygiene by being a good example of dental hygiene yourself. If your children can see how much you value your health, they will be much more likely to follow your lead and practice good hygiene too. Schedule yearly family dentist trips to show your children that oral health is worth the effort.
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