Confidence Is Key!
Most people won’t argue this fact: feeling good about yourself can go a long way to improving your life. No matter how hard we try to keep it from affecting us, we’re constantly fed images of the “perfect” person. One way or another, these things can whittle away at our children’s self-confidence.
It’s important to ensure our children know they can have self-confidence in their own body just the way it is. We want them to stand strong, smile wide, and conquer whatever life puts in front of them! But we know that sometimes, that appearance still affects their self-esteem.
The “Ideal” Person
Even though we try not to let our appearance affect how we feel, it often sneaks up on us. Those airbrushed images are everywhere. Social media, billboards, and magazines are full of them. Almost everywhere we look, we see the “ideal” person. After a while, we notice these little details about ourselves, and we want to “fix” them. This is true, even for our children.
Unfortunately, society is focused on how a person looks. This even includes our teeth. Did you know that your teeth are often the first thing that a stranger notices about you? It’s not all that surprising, considering people are drawn to a good smile.
Thankfully, there are things you and your children can do to maintain a healthy smile!
A healthy smile will directly affect your child’s social life. But not just because of the appearance! We’ve all been in the position where we realize our breath doesn’t smell too pleasant. If this is a common occurrence, people might not enjoy talking to us. This is a common problem with children, especially as they are learning to care for their own teeth.
For adults and children alike, having a healthy smile shows other people that you take care of yourself. Being sure that smile shines bright will lead to social connections and help your child go far in life.
So, be sure your little ones have that oral health under control. That way, they will be able to smile with self-confidence.
Tips for Good Oral Health
Daily oral care goes a long way to keeping your child’s smile in tip-top shape. Depending on the age of the child, you can create a little chart for them to keep track of what needs to be done. Perhaps they put a sticker on the calendar for each task they complete, or maybe they just put a checkmark with their favorite color pen on the chart itself.
Brush twice a day.
When it comes to maintaining their pearly whites, brushing all that pesky bacteria away is the first line of defense. It is recommended that everyone brushes their teeth for two minutes, twice a day. To ensure your little ones get each tooth, set a timer for them. Alternatively, you can find toothbrushes that sing your child’s favorite song for two minutes while they are brushing.
Floss before bed.
While getting those kids into bed, flossing is often one of the last things on a parent’s mind. Your child might not want to bother with the extra time it takes to floss their teeth, but this step is incredibly important. Flossing every night before bed ensures that they won’t have any bacteria-filled plaque hiding in those hard-to-reach areas until the next morning!
Visit the dentist every 6 months!
Be sure to take your child to see their dentist every six months! Their dentist will be able to monitor their oral health and discover potential problems before they have a chance to become an issue. Especially when children are getting into the habit of taking care of themselves, their dentist will be able to point out any place where they might need to focus their attention when brushing or flossing.
But, what if?
Sometimes, life happens. Stressors can appear in a person’s life and drastically affect their teeth. The same goes for children. A big fall could affect their smile for a long time, if not their lifetime. But don’t panic! Their dentist has ways to help restore their smile to its former glory. Cosmetic dentistry exists for children for these very reasons and more!
We Make Kids Smile is here for you!
No matter the reason, whether your child is needing cosmetic dentistry, or simply a regular cleaning, we are here for you and your family. We want to be there to answer any questions you might have, and work with you to ensure your child can have self-confidence in their smile as they grow.
If you are in need of an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us. An appointment is only a few clicks away!