If you have children, you may understand how difficult it is to teach them the importance of healthy dental habits. Although brushing and flossing take time and effort, they also can be made fun! Creating healthy dental habits now will help them maintain a healthy smile for years to come.
Instill Good Habits Early
When your child is developing motor skills, you should brush their teeth for them and explain how imperative it is to keep their teeth healthy. We recommend using fluoridated toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth when they turn 2 years old. Make sure to use only a small amount of toothpaste to keep your child from swallowing it. As they get older, they can begin to take more responsibility for their dental habits. You may need to help them with certain actions such as flossing or getting to the back teeth. The more they practice their dental routine, the more comfortable they will feel to brush and floss on their own.
Make it Fun
It’s important to put some fun into your child’s dental routine to get them excited about cleaning their teeth. We recommend taking your child to the store so they can pick out their own toothbrush. Make sure to use oral care products designed for kids. Toothbrushes with smaller heads are easier and more comfortable for children. There are several types of toothbrushes to choose from, including characters from their favorite TV show. Toothpaste also comes in several different flavors such as watermelon, strawberry, and bubblegum. By following these simple steps, your child will start to love brushing and flossing their teeth!
We are always up front and honest to you because we pride ourselves on providing accurate information to all our clients. If you want to schedule an appointment with a dentist and learn more on how to encourage healthy dental habits for children, call Oral Health Center at (801)-969-1800!