As a parent, it’s important to model good behaviors to your children. From being courteous to cleaning up after themselves, your child learns how to be responsible from you. It can be difficult to get your child to practice good oral care unsupervised, however the long-term benefits of an early start to good oral hygiene are worth the effort. Below are some tips to help you make practicing good oral health a fun part of your child’s daily routine, rather than something you have to fight over every day. Contact our dental team today to learn more or to schedule your child’s next dental examination and cleaning.
- Brush with a Buddy.
Your child will be much more excited to floss and brush their teeth if it’s a family activity, rather than something they have to do alone. Brush your teeth with your child, or if they have siblings, have all the kids brush together. This will help make the time more fun and help your child to subconsciously accept oral hygiene as a normal part of a daily routine.
- Choose the Right Supplies.
Kids can sometimes be difficult to please. Something as simple as the color of the toothbrush or the design of the toothpaste tube can make a world of difference in getting your child excited to brush. Let you child pick out their own toothbrush. This will help them feel like they have a say in their oral care routine, rather than being forced to do something they don’t want to.
- Reward Good Behavior.
A little incentive can go a long way. When trying to get your child to floss and brush on their own, it might be helpful to implement a simple reward system. For example, your child could track their own brushing on a calendar and trade it in for a small gift or prize after a few months of twice daily brushing. Get creative!
- Educate to Empower.
It’s important that your child understands why practicing good oral hygiene is so important. Rather than simply telling them they have to, use this as an opportunity to teach them about the dangers associated with poor oral health.
There are a lot of strategies you can use to make brushing a fun part of your child’s day, rather than a chore. You know your child better than anyone, so don’t be afraid to come up with some additional techniques that will work better for them!
Regular professional dental cleanings are an essential part of any good oral hygiene routine, so contact our dental team to schedule your child’s next appointment today.