Teaching Your Kids Good Dental Habits

 

Kid's dental visit.Teaching your kids good dental habits is important, but it can be difficult to motivate children to practice proper oral hygiene. Use the following tips to teach your kids about oral hygiene and keep them motivated and excited about taking care of their teeth.

Make It Fun

Find ways to make dental hygiene fun for your kids. Try one of the following ideas, or come up with ideas of your own:

  • Give your kids a specific amount of cash and take them to the store to pick their own toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss.
  • Play a song or a short, funny video while your kids brush their teeth. Tell them they can’t stop brushing until the song or video is over—this will help them learn to brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes.
  • Describe the motion of a train’s wheels when telling your kid how to move their toothbrush in their mouth.
  • Make up a fun story with your kids with plaque, tartar, and other dental problems as villains. Have your kids draw pictures of themselves as dental superheroes with floss and toothbrushes for tools.

Show Them Why It Matters

Kids like to understand why they are asked to do things. Take them to the dentist and have the dentist explain the importance of good oral hygiene. Then, if they need the message to be reinforced, use a dissolving agent to show your kids the plaque and build up in their own mouths.

Set A Good Example

Setting a good example is one of the best ways to teach your kids. Make sure your kids know that you care about dental hygiene. Let them see you brushing and flossing your teeth—or better yet, brush and floss your teeth with your kids. You’ll set an example for them and be able to monitor their habits and correct problems as needed. Your kids should also know that you go to the dentist. If it isn’t practical to go in for an appointment on the same day as your kids, tell them about your appointment so they know that you value going to the dentist for checkups.

 

To learn more about helping your kids keep their teeth healthy, visit Royal Dental.

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