If you are a typical parent, you have likely come to the realization that the last thing on you child’s mind is his or her dental health. In the fast-paced, fun-filled world of friends, sports, video games and sleepovers, what kid has time to worry about dental hygiene? That’s where we, as parents, need to step in and take on the all-important role of cheerleader for our children when it comes to their dental health!
As moms and dads, we have the privilege of preparing and empowering our kids to enjoy life to its fullest. An all-important part of that task is helping them to understand that practicing healthy lifestyle patterns is a key element in the art of successful and happy living! And, as your family’s dentist will certainly tell you, dental hygiene is an all-important part of your child’s overall physical health. But how can we successfully get this message across in a way that will have lasting impact in the lives of our kids?
Lead by Example
The best way to teach anything, of course, is by personal example. Don’t ask that your child follow a “do as I say, not as I do” policy when it comes to the practice of dental hygiene. Don’t just be a cheerleader. Set the standard! Not only will you and your teeth benefit from strong, ongoing personal dental habits, but you will find your role as cheerleader in regard to your child’s practice of oral health much easier. Set a high standard for yourself, and your child will be more likely to follow in your footsteps!
Children’s Dental Education
Further, reinforce your personal example with sound, positive information. Educate your child as to the life-long benefits that come from pursuing a healthy lifestyle, which naturally includes proper care of his or her teeth. Patiently help your child to understand that choosing the path of good health will reap countless physical, mental, emotional and social benefits, both now and in the future!
Instilling positive life lessons in our children can be an intimidating task; but it’s not as difficult as we may think. No single individual possesses more power to impact the life of a child than a parent. Don’t underestimate yourself! Your personal example alone wields an incredible impact in shaping the future lifestyle choices of your child. Add to that just a little bit of loving instruction, and you will be amazed at the results!