If you’re a parent, you’re probably all too familiar with the daily battle of trying to get your children to brush and floss their teeth – it can feel more like pulling teeth! Instead of fighting with them or making it an unpleasant experience, it’s important to encourage them to stick to a fun routine they can eventually follow on their own. The days of struggling to get your children to take care of their teeth can be numbered if you follow these helpful tips.
Set a Good Example for Them
You know the old saying: “Monkey see, monkey do.” The same thing applies to your children. They look up to you as their parent, which means you can easily set the tone for their dental care practices by following good dental hygiene yourself.
Let Your Children Practice on You
While it may be a little uncomfortable at first, you can allow your kids to practice their tooth brushing skills on you. If you make it seem enjoyable, they will want to experience it for themselves! It will also give them a sense of responsibility for your health and happiness.
Try Brushing & Flossing to Music
Kids love music, so if you add it to your dental care routine, they will dance along without even noticing they’re brushing their teeth! You can even purchase tooth brushes that play music while they brush. As for flossing? Set a timer for two minutes and start the music. Once the timer goes off and the music stops, they’re all done!
Use a Flavorful Toothpaste & a Fun Toothbrush
There are so many different kinds of toothpastes available for children today. Your children may not like the traditional minty taste, so opt for a bubblegum or cherry-flavored toothpaste to tame their taste buds instead.
Your kids may also be more inclined to brush their teeth with a toothbrush that has their favorite character on it. From Spider-Man to Disney princesses, you can find almost anything that appeals to your children’s interests!
Family Dentistry Services
Sunrise Dental encourages you to try these tips with your children to help them stick to a healthy dental routine for life! Of course, in addition to regular brushing and flossing, we also encourage you to schedule bi-annual cleanings for your kids. Our dental care professionals are here to make going to the dentist a fun experience for patients of all ages. Make an appointment for your little ones today!