Children live in a unique universe where fun, being stupid, and avoiding activities that stand in the manner of their good moment are their top priorities. Children also tend to prevent daily rituals for this purpose, which do not boost them in a pleasant manner. For most children, brushing teeth is ranked about as high as cleaning a bedroom. So how do you foster passion for something as needed (and “boring”) as dental maintenance in your kids? Here are some excellent tips for teaching excellent oral hygiene to kids:
Lead by example. Your children look to you when gauging appropriate behavior, and that’s no less true when it comes to oral hygiene. If you make it a point to brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist when needed (and without too much complaining), then you can rest assured that you are doing the single most important things you can do when it comes to teaching your children to have an appreciation for good oral hygiene.
Invest in some cool tools and toiletries. Take a trip to any local retail department store to find a wide array of neat products designed specifically for keeping your children’s chompers in top shape. Look for specially-flavored toothpaste and mouthwashes formulated especially for kids, as well as toothbrushes that vibrate, time tooth-brushing sessions, play music, and more.
Reward good behavior. Keep an oral hygiene chart in plain view (near the behavior or allowance chart or in the bathroom is a good idea), and give your children a star or checkmark for each day that they successfully brush their teeth as needed, and without your prompting. At the end of the week, offer a reward in the form of an ooey-gooey treat (candy and ice cream are always a big hit) and tell your children that their good oral hygiene habits enable them to indulge every so often.
Oral hygiene is an significant component of general health and well-being, and healthy oral hygiene habits start in infancy. It is essential that you now take care of the oral health of your children so that they can create their own good dental practices as adults. Finding a pediatric dentist you can trust is an essential component of your children’s oral care. Call us today at (480) 867-1727!