Moms often have a laundry list of different hats they wear. You might be a chauffeur one day, and a chef the next, but you can be a role model everyday.
Since behaviors are learned, it is okay to assume that as a parent, you can influence your child’s habits. The influence you have is essential to the health of your child’s teeth. Children aren’t born with the knowledge that they need to brush their teeth and floss every night.
So what does this mean? It means that children learn good behaviors from their parents! When you place importance on dental health from a young age by cleaning your infant’s gums every night or by brushing your toddler’s teeth, you teach them that this behavior should continue into adulthood.
Leading by example can be difficult for busy parents; however, it is very important to remember that your actions today could turn into your child’s actions 10 years from now! Going to bed without brushing your teeth once or twice a week could lead your children to believe this is acceptable, putting them at risk of being plagued by cavities.
Teaching good behaviors when children are young will not only benefit them, but it can also help take away some parenting pressure later in life. Imagine having to check your teenager’s teeth before bed each night! Educate your child about the importance of dental health today, and you won’t have to.
So lead by example because whether you realize it or not, they are watching!