As parents, it’s common for us to want the very best for our kids. Even if we struggle with ‘dentophobia,’ we don’t want to pass it on to our children. We also don’t want them to suffer from periodontal disease, oral cancer, or other significant dental problems. That’s why it’s so important to get them started the right way and ensure that their dental health is strong at a young age. Here are three tips you can try to teach your kids good dental habits at a young age:
1.Brush your teeth with your little one
Invite your toddler into the bathroom with you when you brush your teeth. Toddlers want to emulate and mirror everything that parents do, so the more often they see you brush your teeth, the more likely they will be to join you in the future. Showing them good habits, such as brushing in the morning and at night, as well as flossing and using a mouthwash can teach them the importance and rhythm of a daily cleaning routine.
2. Make brushing into a story or song
Have fun with brushing time! Make the event into a story with dragons and princesses, pirates and elephants. Make cavities into the ‘bad guy’ and your child’s toothbrush the ‘hero’ of an epic saga. You can also create a brushing song to teach important dental hygiene words. Include celebrations in your song that reward your child for finishing a good brushing routine.
3. Introduce technology
Many of our patients notice that electronic toothbrushes help to motivate their children to brush more often, especially when parents have one, as well. Children love the cool motor, the spinning head, and the sensation of the moving bristles in their mouth. An electronic toothbrush will often also neutralize the poor form your children have when brushing, as well, leading to cleaner mouths and fewer dental problems.
If you have any lingering questions about how to help your children develop good dental habits or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.
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