Sometimes, getting your child to brush can seem like an impossible task, but it’s important for your little ones to maintain good oral hygiene to keep their tiny teeth healthy and strong. If, come brushing time you’re struggling with ways to take care of your child’s teeth, give these motivating tips a try:
Let Them Choose Their Toothbrush
One of the easiest ways to make brushing fun is by involving your child in the process of selecting their toothbrush. They can incorporate the cartoon characters they love most or their favorite colors. Always choose one with soft bristles and one that is small enough to comfortably fit in their mouth.
Use Flavored Toothpaste
A delicious bubble gum flavored toothpaste as opposed to a medicinal flavored one can certainly turn teeth brushing time into a tasty treat time! Using a kid-friendly flavor will make brushing time less icky for your child and make them want to do it more often.
Make It a Family Affair
The family that brushes together, avoids cavities together! Since children love to imitate their parent’s behavior, they’ll want to partake in the brushing fun if they see their family members are involved in it too. Practice good oral hygiene together by creating a brushing, flossing and mouth-washing routine and stick to it every night. It won’t seem much like a chore for your children if the whole family is involved.
Make It Fun
Since it’s important that your child brushes for two minutes, two times a day, make a game out of it. You can hum their favorite song for the duration of two minutes, have a brush off to see who can brush for the longest or even watch a short video on how to brush while actually brushing! Making a game out of brushing will have your kids looking forward to doing it.
In addition to brushing at home, visiting the dentist is an integral part of maintaining good oral hygiene. That’s where we come in! Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit us here, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!