As your child grows up, there is no shortage of tasks you can teach them — from how to say “please” and “thank you” to how to tie their shoes. One of the most important things to teach your little one is how to practice good oral hygiene. After all, you’ll want their teeth to be as healthy as possible to help promote good overall health.
Here’s how to instill good oral hygiene habits in your child so that they not only keep their teeth in good shape but they have fun doing so!
Developing Good Oral Hygiene Habits with Your Child
Start Teaching Them Early
Once your little one’s first tooth appears, use a baby toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste to brush their incoming teeth. It’s alright if you find you’re not able to brush that much at first — the idea here is to get your child accustomed to the feeling of brushing.
Let Them Pick Their Brush
Take your child to the store and let them choose the brush they would like to use. Having a say in the color or design of the brush can help make your child excited to care for their teeth.
Time Brushing in a Fun Way
Although two minutes (the amount of time you should spend brushing each morning and night) goes by quickly to an adult, kids can see it as much longer. Help the time fly by setting a timer or playing a song that your child loves.
Make Brushing Family Time
In the rush of the morning, everyone may be scrambling to get ready for school and work. But set aside a few minutes to have the entire family brush and floss together. By demonstrating your daily oral care routine, your child will want to follow suit.
Give Your Child a Reward
A small treat can go a long way in keeping your child excited to maintain their smile. Try setting up a chart where your child can earn a sticker or star each morning or offer them the choice of their favorite movie for each week they brush and floss properly.
Pediatric Dentistry in New York and New Jersey
The pediatric dentists at ProHEALTH Dental provide preventative and general dentistry to children compassionately and gently. We also understand the fears and anxieties some children may feel about seeing the dentist, and our warm and welcoming atmosphere will help them to stay relaxed and calm.Start your child on the right path to oral success by contacting us at (855) 750-5011 to book a appointment with one of our pediatric dentists today!