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Oral health is important, especially as we age. Establishing good dental habits early in life is crucial for better oral health over time. This can be difficult for parents of children that are resistant to taking care of their teeth, especially strong-willed kids that are determined to not brush and floss. They often think they have better things to do like play an electronic device.
It might be tempting to just throw your hands up. Just say you did your best when you’ve got a child that stubbornly refuses to take care of their teeth. However, there are plenty of reasons to persevere. Poor oral health now means potentially negative impacts on their quality of life as they grow up. Here’s what you need to know:
Good Oral Health Leads to Better Overall Health
Good oral health goes farther than just having strong, clean teeth and healthy gums. In fact, there are many instances where oral and dental health is tied directly to general, overall health, according to the Mayo Clinic.
In many instances, poor oral health can permit the wrong types of bacteria to flourish in the mouth or act as avenues of infection for the rest of the body. Without good oral health, you have a higher chance of getting sick. It’s not just things like the common cold, either. While more research is underway, scientists have found links between poor oral health and many different illnesses. Some include things like diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiac disease.
Keeping your children healthy is one of the most important goals of every parent. This is why the fight to instill good oral health practices while they’re young is so crucial. It provides for better overall health as well.
Good Oral Health Leads to Better Confidence
If there’s one thing that poor oral health can lead to, it’s a lack of confidence in dealing with others. This isn’t just speculation. The World Health Organization’s own research says that oral health has not just a physical effect on individuals but a psychological effect, too.
In other words, when someone suffers from poor oral health of some sort, their ability to feel confident with others is put at risk. Whether it’s as simple as stained, yellow teeth or as serious as cavities, advanced tooth decay, or gum disease, poor oral health can prevent individuals from feeling as if they can show their teeth to others.
Conversely, not having any of these issues means that people can smile, laugh, and speak to others with confidence and without care. This is why ensuring your own child engages in good oral health practices early in life – and that they establish and keep good oral health routines throughout life – is so important for your child’s future confidence and social success.
You Don’t Have to Go It Alone
Sometimes you have to bring in the big guns. If you’re still finding it a struggle, enlist the help of your local dentist’s office. Pediatric dentists, in particular, will steer you in the right direction when it comes to strategies for getting your kids onboard with their own oral hygiene.
Your children are the future. Don’t let that future become tarnished because of poor oral health. Safeguard your child’s future quality of life by instilling healthy oral health habits in them today.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.