Ever wondered how to encourage good dental home care for your kids? Making it FUN is a great place to start. The best brushing routine for all patients, parents and children alike, is the recommended two minutes twice daily. But if the longest four minutes of your day are spent helping your child brush and floss, here are some suggestions for making that time fly!
Children's toothbrushes come in a wonderful variety of colors, patterns, and shapes these days. Allow your child to choose a favorite the next time that you go shopping for dental supplies. Just make sure that you choose a soft bristle brush with a head designed for small mouths. And remember that it is recommended to change your tothbrush every 3 months!
You don't have to go to great lengths to make your son or daughter feel rewarded for a job well done. Allowing children to pick out a story for you to read or posting colorful strickers on a calendar sheet will encourage them to get into the habit of brushing.
Time seems to go faster when you're having fun. Your child might enjoy listening to songs or stories for the two minutes of brushing time. You can even make your own playlist, invent a story starring your child, or make use of one of the many dental apps that offer children's music, videos, and stories in perfect two-minute segments.
Spend these two minutes twice a day with your child. You will be doing all of the brushing at first, of course, but as your children get older, brush your teeth along with them. You can model proper brushing techniques for cleaning teeth, gums and tongue, and even let your child have a chance to brush your teeth for a change!
Since everyone needs to visit the dentist twice a year, try making these appointments as a fun outing together with your child. And if these tips have kept your son or daughter motivated to consistently have good dental hygiene at home, then these visits should be a breeze!