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Teaching Your Kids to Take Care of Their Teeth

Teaching Your Kids to Take Care of Their Teeth

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
pediatric dentistry

Taking care of your teeth is something that we all learn from early age, but if you're a new parent it may be difficult to get your kids to take care of their teeth on their own. Obviously, it is important to teach your kids good habits to take care of their teeth. There are plenty of different tricks and tips that you can use to make sure that your kids teeth, gums, and tongue are healthy. One the most important things you can do is to create a habit with your kids to where they enjoy brushing their teeth. Here are three tips to help make sure you are helping your kids set a strong foundation for oral health care.

Three tips to teach your kids to take care of their teeth

Create a routine

Like with many things during childhood, creating a routine is extremely important to creating a good habit. Brushing your teeth is the same way. Creating a schedule for your kids to brush their teeth in the morning and at night at the same time daily is a great start. It doesn’t necessarily have to be at the same time, but maybe after an event that happens daily. For example, you may want to have your kids brush their teeth immediately after they wake up in the morning or after breakfast. In the same way, you might want to have them brush their teeth immediately following dinner. Having a set routine creates habits that will help your children for a lifetime.

Start flossing young

Flossing is one of the most important things you can do to set a firm foundation for your kids. Taking care of your mouth is more than just brushing your teeth. However, if you don't start flossing at a young age it may be a habit that's hard to start. Teaching kids that flossing is part of brushing your teeth will help them continue to do it as they grow older. They will thank you in the long run.

Make it fun

While taking brushing your teeth seriously is important, it's also important to make sure kids don’t see it as a chore. Try to find someway to make it fun, exciting, or different. Example, when kids brush their teeth try to find a song that's about 90 to 120 seconds they can play, sing, and dance to while they brush their teeth. You could also make a game out of it. Whatever it is, try to find something that is fun for your kids and makes brushing their teeth less of a chore

These are just three habits to getting your kids to brush their teeth and I'm sure you have a few family secret tricks that you use. Whatever tricks you used to create a foundation. The most important thing is for your kids to brush their teeth and floss at a very early age. This will set them up for a lifetime of success and happiness with a beautiful smile.