Dear Families and Caregivers,
It is important for children to learn the habits of good personal hygiene—the daily practices that will keep their bodies and clothes clean and help them maintain healthy teeth and gums. It is important to establish habits early, especially as children lose their primary teeth and start to acquire the permanent teeth that they must maintain for a lifetime.
Personal hygiene is also important for maintaining healthy bodies. A clean body and clean clothes help prevent the spread of bacteria and disease. In addition, good oral health is an important factor in children’s overall wellbeing. Research shows that poor oral health can affect students’ ability to learn. Infections in the mouth and the pain caused by tooth decay and other dental problems can lead to a lack of concentration, fatigue, and depression.
In school, your children will learn specific skills related to personal hygiene. You can help by reinforcing these behaviors at home. Encourage your children to do the following:
- Brush their teeth every day in the morning and before bed.
- Floss their teeth once every day, using the proper technique.
- Take a shower or a bath at least every other day.
- Shampoo their hair and scalp each week, as many times as is necessary to keep it clean, depending on the type of hair.
- Wear clean clothes.
Be sure to acknowledge and positively reinforce these behaviors when your child practices them at home.
Help your children set a goal to practice personal hygiene skills this week!
The P.S. 188Q Family