How to Promote Good Dental Hygiene Habits to Your Kids (Part 1)
Taking care of your dental health is imperative for your long-term overall health. Ensuring your kids take good care of their teeth and mouth is important right away to help promote good and healthy habits down the line. However, many children aren’t automatically eager to brush their teeth, but there are fortunately several ways to promote good dental hygiene. Here are 3 ways to help promote good dental hygiene habits: How to Promote Good Dental Hygiene Habits to Your Kids
Make it a Family Affair
To encourage good dental hygiene, you can make it a family affair. Model the right habits by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with mouthwash after meals. Encourage your kids to follow suit with their own routines and explain why it’s important for them to do so. If you have more than one child in your household, consider adding music or making a game out of it! This will help them associate brushing with something positive rather than just another thing that has to be done every morning like making breakfast or doing homework.
Involve Children in the Process
Involving your children in the process of practicing good dental hygiene will help give them a sense of responsibility and ownership over their habits. Some families choose to allow their children to be involved in decision-making and rewards, and also, have them take on an active role in choosing the consequences for missing a day of brushing or flossing. Help them establish follow-up steps, such as how often to check for signs of cavities, how long it takes for a cavity to form, and what kind of treatment will be needed if there is one (or more). Knowledge is power, and ensuring your kids are well-equipped with the proper knowledge to care for their dental hygiene is key to instilling good habits.
Keep Things Interesting and Fun
To encourage good brushing habits, you can try different types of toothbrushes and toothpaste. Some children like to use colorful and fun cartoon characters on their brushes, while others prefer a simple red or blue design. Some parents buy novelty handles that are shaped like animals or dinosaurs. While these may not be practical, they can help make brushing more enjoyable for your child. Another way to make brushing more fun is with different kinds of flavored toothpaste. Your child may have a different preference regarding the flavor of their toothpaste; some kids enjoy the minty freshness, some kids like a fruity flavor, and some enjoy bubble gum… so experiment with different types until you find one your child likes best!
It’s also important to ensure your child goes to the family dentist for their regularly scheduled dental check-ups. At Birch Lake Dental, we are your local family dentist in Grant MN, and want to help promote good and healthy hygiene habits for your children and family. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with your local dentist in Grant MN. Watch for Part 2 of this blog series for a few more ways to help promote good dental hygiene habits to your kids.