It can be a challenge to teach kids proper oral care habits like brushing and flossing, but it’s worth investing the time. By instilling these good habits early, you help promote their oral health at an early age. Your dentist is available to support these healthy habits. To help make the process a little easier, here are a few ways to make brushing more fun for your kids.
By starting brushing practices early, you can help get your child get used to it sooner and emphasize its importance. During infancy, wipe down your child’s gums with a soft, damp cloth to clean his or her mouth. Once the teeth start to develop at around six months of age to one year, gently brush their teeth in the morning and before bedtime using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
The best way to teach is by setting an example. When your child sees you taking care of your oral hygiene, they’ll be encouraged to do the same. At the end of your brushing session, don’t forget to smile! If your child sees you relaxed and enjoying the practice, it’s more likely that they’ll have a positive experience with it.
Musical toothbrushes not only make brushing more fun, but they help time your child’s brushing to the exact right length. One mistake that many people make when brushing is not brushing for long enough; musical toothbrushes are timed to have the song last two minutes, so your child knows that when the music is done, they’re done. Eventually, they should develop the habit of brushing for long enough without needing a special toothbrush.
There are several must-haves that parents should pick up for their kids. These include:
If you have questions about how to teach your child good brushing and flossing habits, or how to brush or floss properly, your dentist is available to assist.