Part of the responsibility as parents is to get our kids to learn good dental hygiene habits like brushing and flossing. Sometimes this can be a frustrating chore. Up to age 12 you should try to continue to supervise your kids brushing and flossing at least twice daily.
You can make this process fun and easier on you and your children. But the reality is that kids won't do anything unless it's fun. So how do you make brushing, flossing and pediatric dental care fun for kids? Try these tips to help make brushing and flossing as much fun as possible for your children:
1. Get your kids a fun, good quality, electric toothbrush - Make sure to ask your pediatric dentist which is recommended for kid’s teeth.
2. Make brushing into a contest - Ask your dentist for disclosing solution, or visit your local pharmacy. This solution or tablet will show you exactly how effective a job was done in brushing their teeth. Make a game out of this every now and then and give them a small reward for doing a great job. This will make it fun and hold your children accountable.
3. Make a reward system - Whether it's a little every day reward or one every week, create some sort of incentive for your kids to brush and floss like they should. Maybe it's a TV show or movie that they can watch, a delicious healthy treat, or a sticker or prize.
4. Have kids brush to their favorite song - This can be fun for and it can keep them brushing for longer since most songs are at least 2 minutes.
5. Brush together - Take advantage of this time and brush your teeth with them. This will be fun for them and it will give you the ability to supervise their brushing.
In recent years, children's cavities have been on the increase. Make sure your kids don't end up falling into this negative trend and make brushing and flossing fun for them by utilizing some of these simple but effective tips. For more information on pediatric dentistry, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.
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