Children are impressionable. If you are a parent you know this all too well. When people talk about “impressionable” kids, they tend to use it in a negative connotation. They use it to talk about how kids pick up a lot of bad habits early in life that they keep repeating as they grow older. While it is true that bad habits can start early, it is also true that good habits can be picked up early as well. You can use that “impressionable” streak for good as a parent, teaching them things that will suit them well later in life. One of the best habits you can get them started on is good dental health. The younger a child is, the more that apt they are to adapt good habits than if you try and teach it to them later in life. If you can get your child to brush their teeth twice a day as a kid and use a mouthwash, you will be surprised just how much of a routine it will become for them, even if they occasionally want to try to get out of it.
While it is traditional for children to not like the idea of going to the dentist, or the doctors or anyplace else where they have to sit still, the earlier that you can get them started on getting their teeth looked at and cleaned the better. While your child may never love the idea of going to a dentist in Atlanta, if you can get them into the habit at a young age they are more apt to keep going even when they are out of the home. In fact, studies have shown that the more that caring for one’s health becomes a routine as a child, the more they are going to follow through with it as an adult.
It is important to recognize that not every day is going to be a cake walk with your kids. Just like they are going to have a tantrum at the market here and there, they are also going to not want to brush their teeth. As a parent, letting them slide when it comes to brushing and generally taking care of their teeth could set a bad precedent moving forward. The more that you let them get away with a night or morning of not brushing their teeth, the more that they will see it as “optional” growing up.