Does brushing teeth make your children smile? If not, we can help!
Parents constantly challenge themselves to guide their children down the right path. Between making sure they finish their homework, are “on their best behaviors” and eat their vegetables, the road to parenting perfection sometimes may be a rocky one. With everything you have to teach your children, it is crucial to stress the importance of oral health care from an early age.
The key to developing healthy dental care habits early in life is making dental care an enjoyable experience for your children. Here are some tips on how to help your kids develop good dental care habits in a fun way:
- Don’t make their dental hygiene routine seem like another chore. Try to avoid instructing them too much and let them have some creative liberties while getting ready for school or preparing for bed.
- Spice up their daily cleanings by presenting them with new toothbrushes in their favorite colors or ones that feature their favorite characters. Make dental care supplies a fun gift that they are excited to use.
- While shopping for toothpaste, see if there are any quality toothpastes in kid-friendly flavors. Ask your children about which one your family should test first and include their ideas in the decision-making process.
- Try playing a song (or part of a song) while they brush their teeth and teach them to stop only when it is over. This will make the time pass quickly, and they will be more likely to brush for an adequate length of time.
- Teach your children to brush their teeth immediately after eating candy or drinking sodas. If this becomes a habit, it will help keep their teeth healthy.
- If they have a lapse in proper dental care habits, help your children learn from it. While getting a cavity is no cause for celebration, use it as an opportunity to re-evaluate your family’s dental hygiene habits and give your children a new goal for how to improve before the next dentist visit.
In addition, remember to demonstrate your own healthy dental care habits to set a positive example for your children. Make sure they see you flossing and brushing your teeth regularly so they will be inspired to develop the same good habits. Make dental care a priority in your household, and the whole family will smile!