Getting kids to practice oral care at home without supervision can be challenging for some parents. An early start, however, is well worth the effort in the long run. Here are some tips for making oral health a fun part of your child’s daily routine.
1. Allow them to select their own supplies.
Let your child choose their own toothbrush. This will encourage them to take responsibility for their oral health. Additionally, there are a number of toothpaste options available for children. Let them choose their own with guidance from you and our kids’ dental and orthodontics team.
2. Invest in High-Tech
You can use technology to your advantage by having them brush for two minutes while listening to music or watching a video.
3. Floss and brush together
It will be much more enjoyable for your child if routine care is presented as a group activity. You should brush your teeth alongside your children. If you have more than one child, have them brush together. Family routines make oral hygiene more enjoyable and help your child accept it as a normal part of life.
4. Inform and empower
Make sure your child understands the importance of good oral hygiene. Educate them about the consequences of neglecting their oral health without using scare tactics. Make learning opportunities positive by showing them how important a healthy mouth is for our overall health.
5. Recognize and Reward Good Behavior
It only takes a little incentive to make a big difference. It might be helpful to implement a simple reward system to encourage children to floss and brush on their own. Using a reward app or calendar, your child could track their brushing and trade in good weeks for prizes. Encourage your child to brush and floss independently each time you notice them taking the initiative.
Several strategies can be employed to make brushing a fun part of your child’s day instead of a chore. Feel free to experiment and share your ideas with us so we can pass them along to other parents who may benefit from them.
Maintaining your child’s oral health requires regular professional cleanings and examinations. You can rest assured that our team will always take the time to discuss the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene with your child. Make an appointment for your child with our kids’ dental and orthodontic team by contacting us today.