Getting your kids to brush their teeth can be a daily struggle, but with these 4 tips, you can help get your kids excited about oral hygiene. It’s important that your kids develop good habits to support their oral health throughout their lives.
1. Lead By Example
The best way to encourage your kids to develop good oral hygiene is leading by example. Be their role model by letting them see you brush and floss your teeth, so they understand that it’s part of a routine.
In many cases, kids want to do what their parents do, so if they see you taking good care of your teeth, it’s likely they’ll want to join in, too. Brush your teeth alongside your kids to offer them extra encouragement, and talk about oral health and visiting the dentist in a positive way that won’t create anxiety.
When it’s time for their regular dental appointments, your children will find the dental office less intimidating. They will also have a better understanding of how sitting in the dentist’s chair works.
2. Make It Fun
Brushing your teeth with your kids means you can make it a fun experience. This can be as imaginative as you want, from telling funny stories about teeth and dental health to watching educational, child-friendly dental videos, or singing a song that they love to get them excited about brushing their teeth. How about creating a silly dance too? Find an activity that works for you and your kids; having fun will help them learn good oral hygiene.
3. Let Them Choose
Make oral hygiene more empowering for your kids by letting them choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste. Go shopping together and let them choose a bright and colorful toothbrush along with their favorite flavored toothpaste. Even if it’s just the packaging with their favorite character that entices them, it can still make your kids enthusiastic about using their new oral care supplies.
4. Reward Them
Kids love to be rewarded and praised, so to keep them motivated, why not create a chart or calendar where they can place a sticker every time they brush their teeth? When they’ve reached a month’s worth of stickers, reward them with a prize. This positivity is a great incentive to keep up their good oral hygiene.
After their dentist appointment, reward them with a bigger treat, like a trip to the cinema, or a new toy that they’ve been begging you for.
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If you’d like more tips on how to get kids excited about oral hygiene, contact DeSanti Family Dentistry today. You can also book your next appointment for you and your kids.