The importance of teaching children to care for their teeth is a long-term investment. Development of appropriate routine habit of paying special attention to this topic brings them a chance to be healthy people with lovely smiles in the future.
Caring for your teeth requires some time each day. This could be boring and something more curious can distract kids. How to teach youngsters to care for their teeth by themselves? It is hard to make children do it by saying, “you need this” or “everyone do this”, instead, you should carefully explain the reasons for these actions.
I chose 10-14 years schoolchildren as a target group for this issue, according to some psychological characteristics of kids in this age. Psychologists confirm that before the age of 10, the best way to teach children are interesting activities and games, or a self-example. Children do not think deeply about the reasons for gaining some special knowledge. Thus, they will do anything if it is fun and interesting.
At the age of 10-14 years, kids start thinking about consequences of their actions more often, asking a question “why?” to get answers and make their own conclusions. The most efficient way to teach children to care for their teeth, is showing what happens if a person does not do this in a proper way. Therefore, they will perceive some photos of teeth problems seriously and, what is the most important make conclusions, which will be a good reason to care for their teeth years after.
Explaining the importance of some teeth procedures for kids is important in every age. We should choose proper tools and ways. However, 10-14 years is the best period for kids to do their own conclusions and understand the real importance of health. While kids focus on the visual results, this is a great motivation to make the process of taking care for teeth an important habit of their everyday lives.