Make Teeth Brushing Time Fun For Kids!
Dental health is an important lesson that all children should learn at an early age to help them get the most out of their oral health routine.
In order to set them on their path to a shining smile, it’s vital that children are made aware that caring for their teeth and gums is just as important as washing their hands — and when it comes to encouragement, nothing works better than setting a good example by practicing good oral care yourself!
The benefits of good oral care are bountiful — establishing a good routine from an early age can help prevent cavities (which can be both painful and cause early tooth loss) and gum disease (which can cause eventual tooth loss, bad breath, and can even be the beginning of other serious health problems).
Ways to make brushing your teeth fun…
Try listening to a fun song that is two minutes long to help keep both you and the little ones brushing for the duration of time recommended.
Children love to get involved, so why not let them choose different kinds of fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss to keep in the bathroom so that they can have options each time they brush. Treating your child to a toothbrush that features their favourite cartoon or television character will also encourage them to want to use it.
It’s also a great idea to develop a rewards system. Children should brush their teeth twice a day and floss daily, so why not keep track of your child's brushing on a chart with gold stars and reward them for their good efforts?
Children should have a dental checkup every six months. This can be scary experience for many, so why not prepare them beforehand by giving them an idea of what to expect? Using picture books or role-playing exercises to explain what happens during a dental visit will not only help them understand but can also make the experience much more fun and far less stressful for both parent and child.