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6 Ways To Assure Great Dental Health For Your Kids

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6 Ways To Assure Great Dental Health For Your Kids

As parents, we pay a lot of attention to the well-being of the child – give them timely nutritious food, make sure they wash their hands after they’ve been out, pay attention to appropriate clothing. However, the one thing that seems to be receiving less attention than it deserves is oral hygiene.

As a young mom myself, I often found myself fighting the temptation to skip the brushing and cleaning. First, I was often exhausted and second, the more important reason was that brushing time was often the time my kids got active all over again and I dreaded the crying fits later from exhaustion! And then, there were the feeding sessions in the middle of the night to calm a vigorous crying bout. Amidst all this, I have always found it a challenge to cultivate to sustain healthy dental hygiene habits with my kids.

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Here are a few ways to instil good oral hygiene habits in children:

1. Include a healthy diet

Research by Duke University suggests that junk foods can be a major cause for poor dental health in children. According to the study, children whose parents followed healthy habits had no difficulty with making good choices themselves. Foods like candy, soda, “fermentable carbohydrates,” and packaged food can produce acid and make it linger in the child’s mouth, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Modelling good dietary choices is the best way to ensure good oral hygiene for the child.

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2. Let them sleep if off

Stress in children leads to dental conditions like “bruxism”, otherwise called teeth grinding. Research confirms that children who grind their teeth are more likely to be withdrawn in school. The cause of stress could be school, peers, social situations. The best way to ease these symptoms is to inculcate a consistent bedtime routine and help them sleep it off. A storytelling ritual, a reassuring conversation or a comforting massage before bedtime are known to aid good quality sleep for children.

3. Keep them hydrated

Dehydration in children can be the beginning of bad oral hygiene. Germ buildup and stomach disorders lead up to mouth ulcers which prevent them from brushing well. Dehydration is also seen as a major cause for teeth-grinding. Setting up reminders to give children water or remind them to drink it can be very effective.

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4. Check habit formation

A study finds that habits form before the age of 9 in children. Children can easily develop habits like sticking the tongue out or breathing through the mouth that can have a direct effect on the jaw shape along with other health issues. When you see the child sticking her tongue out or keeping her mouth open during the daytime, gently distract her from forming a strong habit of it. Remind her not to do it or use effective distraction strategies to help overcome obsessive habits.

5. Make dental visits a regular feature

Make dentist visits a regular feature. My dentist could see that my daughter needed bite-correction and he suggested that we get her started while her jaw was still shaping up – resulting in a relatively non-invasive, pain-free and long-lasting treatment for her. Refrain from using dental visits as a threat to correct bad behaviour, or showing disdain for your own dental visits.

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6. Brush it off

Make the brushing routine a fun activity. As I said earlier, I ran the risk of getting them active all over again, putting off bedtime. Character toothbrushes, storytelling during brushing, or brushing together as a family can make it fun for them. When they were relaxed and saw it as a fun activity, they were likely to fall asleep much faster after the night-time brushing.

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Last Updated on January 5, 2022

How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

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How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

Children are most likely to say that they want to just lounge around or rest for a while after spending hours listening to lecture after lecture from their teachers. There is nothing wrong with this if they had a rough day.

What’s disturbing, is if they deliberately stay away from schoolwork or procrastinate when it comes to reviewing for their tests or completing an important science project.

When it seems that it is becoming a habit for your child to put off school work, it’s time for you to step in and help your child develop good study habits to get better grades. It is important for you to emphasize to your child the importance of setting priorities early in life. Don’t wait for them to flunk their tests, or worse, fail in their subjects before you talk to them about it.

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You can help your children hurdle their tests with these 7 tips:

1. Help them set targets

Ask your child what they want to achieve for that particular school year. Tell them to set a specific goal or target. If they say, “I want to get better grades,” tell them to be more specific. It will be better if they say they want to get a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Having a definite target will make it easier for them to undertake a series of actions to achieve their goals, instead of just “shooting for the moon.”

2. Preparation is key

At the start of the school year, teachers provide an outline of a subject’s scope along with a reading list and other course requirements. Make sure that your child has all the materials they need for these course requirements. Having these materials on hand will make sure that your child will have no reason to procrastinate and give them the opportunity to study in advance.

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3. Teach them to mark important dates

You may opt to give them a small notebook where they can jot down important dates or a planner that has dates where they can list their schedule. Ask them to show this to you so you can give them “gentle reminders” to block off the whole week before the dates of an exam. During this week, advise your child to not schedule any social activity so they can concentrate on studying.

4. Schedule regular study time

Encourage your child to set aside at least two hours every day to go through their lessons. This will help them remember the lectures for the day and understand the concepts they were taught. They should be encouraged to spend more time on subjects or concepts that they do not understand.

5. Get help

Some kids find it hard to digest or absorb mathematical or scientific concepts. Ask your child if they are having difficulties with their subjects and if they would like to seek the help of a tutor. There is nothing wrong in asking for the assistance of a tutor who can explain complex subjects.

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6. Schedule some “downtime”

Your child needs to relax from time to time. During his break, you can consider bringing your child to the nearest mall or grocery store and get them a treat. You may play board games with them during their downtime. The idea is to take his mind off studying for a limited period of time.

7. Reward your child

If your child achieves their goals for the school year, you may give them a reward such as buying them the gadget they have always wanted or allowing them to vacation wherever they want. By doing this, you are telling your child that hard work does pay off.

Conclusion

You need to take the time to monitor your child’s performance in school. Your guidance is essential to helping your child realize the need to prioritize their school activities. As a parent, your ultimate goal is to expose your child to habits that will lay down the groundwork for their future success.

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