It’s not easy to get your child to practice good oral hygiene on their own. They need your help, and it’s worth the time and patience. Good dental care at a young age reaps long-term benefits. Here are a few ways to make daily oral hygiene more exciting for your kids.
1. Let Them Accessorize
When your child gets to pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste, they’ll feel like they’re in control of their own oral care. Children like to make their own decisions, and this is a harmless one that will get them excited.
2. Reward Good Behavior
Incentivizing your child can have a huge effect on their motivation to brush daily. Try setting up a reward system based on how often they brush each month. Keep track of their daily brushing and consider giving them a small prize on good months.
3. Brush Together
Brushing and flossing can be more exciting for your kids when you do it as a family. By brushing with someone else, your kids will better understand the necessity of daily hygiene while feeling more relaxed.
4. Teach as You Go
Educate little ones about proper brushing and flossing techniques so that they can develop a solid understanding of oral hygiene. Make sure that they understand the long term benefits of good oral health.
Try to make daily brushing a fun part of their day rather than a chore that they dread. You know your child better than anyone, so make sure to do what you can to help them practice good oral hygiene for years to come.
Tyler Pediatric Dentistry
Phone: (903) 531-9000
2301 S. Broadway, Ste. B-10
Tyler, TX 75701