Developing healthy dental habits in early childhood will result in a healthy lifetime of smiles. Fighting cavities does not have to be boring! Dental care can be fun, and this is a great lesson that all children should learn at an early age to get the most out of the oral routine. Help your kids have a healthy smile by making oral hygiene fun. Make brushing, flossing, and dental visit a positive experience so your child will always be excited about oral care.
Here are some ways to make dental care fun for your kids:
1. Give Them the Freedom to Choose
Let your kids choose their toothbrush. It can be his or her favorite color or cartoon character. Ensure that the brush that they have chosen is soft-bristled and is perfect for the age. Your children may even be attracted to the novelty of a battery-operated toothbrush. These brushes clean slightly better than the manual brushes too. More so, let them pick the toothpaste’s flavor so they will be thrilled every brushing time.
2. Make Brushing and Flossing A Family Affair
Many parents are looking for fun activities that they can enjoy with their children. Now you can have a family affair at the comfort of your home by brushing with your kids. Lead them as you clean your teeth and gums then supervise them after you have shown them what to do. This way, it will seem like an activity rather than a chore. Educate your kids that taking care of teeth and gums is essential, so it will give them the impression that oral care should be valued.
3. Have an Oral Care Party
With small teeth comes a short attention span, especially with a toddler. Your kids may not be standing still as they clean their teeth. Make it fun by playing or singing a toothbrushing song. By doing this, you can track how much time your child spent brushing their teeth. Brushing should at least take two minutes to get rid of bacteria in the mouth.
4. Reward with a Gold Star System
Giving your child an incentive to maintain good oral care is an excellent way to track brushing and flossing. A “gold star system” where they get gold star stickers for cleaning their teeth and gums correctly not only develops a habit but also gives them a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. You can also take the system one step further by offering rewards by collecting a number of stars such as strolling at the park, going to the playground, or extra 15 minutes on the iPad.
5. Dentist Visit Surprise
Going to the dentist every six months or twice a year is another part of good oral care. Surprise your child every after their appointment with fun family time such as going to the movies together, heading to the park for a picnic, or playing at the indoor playground.
Caring for your child’s teeth and gums do not have to challenge anymore with these fun activities to try at home. With proper dental care, your child will have a healthy smile that will last for a long time.
We, at Kidsmile, are passionately dedicated to providing quality dental care for your child. Our goal is to partner with you to help your child establish and achieve excellent oral health.
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