Good oral hygiene leads to better teeth and better overall health. This is why it’s so important to instill good habits in them while they’re still young. Of course, not a lot of kids are interested in things that are “good for them.” Eating lots of vegetables and going to bed early is “good for them,” but they’re not terribly interested in that kind of thing, either.
Often, the more you try to force kids to brush their teeth, the more they’ll want to do just the opposite. (It’s just the way a lot of kids are.) Still, that doesn’t mean you should give up the struggle – not when we’re talking about the future of their dental health.
If you can encourage and teach your kids – rather than force and demand – then you’ll have a much better experience and you’ll help them understand why this simple routine every morning and night can be so beneficial for them.
The best habits start early on in life, so the earlier you get your kids started, the more likely they’ll be to take care of their teeth the rest of their lives.
A soft bristled brush with a small head is perfect for small children, and be sure that you supervise the process while they’re learning.
Get Their Input on Dental Products
When you let your kids choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste, they’ll be a lot more likely to use them later. This gives them a chance to pick out the brushes that sport their favorite characters or a type of toothpaste they liked using before.
Of course, this can be done within reason, especially if your pediatric dentist has made specific recommendations. In these cases, present them with a few options, rather than letting them choose from an entire display of tooth brushes.
Make Brushing More Fun
There are a lot of simple things you can do to help your children make brushing a regular part of their day. Many parents struggle with this, because sometimes kids just don’t want to be told what to do. If you can make brushing more fun, though, you’ll have a lot more success.
There are several simple things you can do to help your children look forward to better oral hygiene. You might try:
· Teaching by example – Make sure they see you walking the walk as well as talking the talk.
· Set up a reward system – Something as simple as a calendar and sticker system can work great.
· Sing a song – Or play a song that’s about two minutes long. Keep them brushing the whole time and they’ll become accustomed to how long brushing should take.
· Read a story – This is basically the same principle as singing a song. It lets them focus on something else and get used to a dental hygiene routine.
The best way to help your kids take care of their teeth is to be a positive influence. Gently encourage them to follow your example of brushing morning and night. You can do some things to make brushing more fun and make it more a routine, and this will give them a reason to smile throughout their whole lives.