Help your child with their smiles by making dental hygiene fun for kids. Making cleaning their teeth and dental check-ups a positive experience can help keep your child excited about good oral care. Your child will not only grow up with a beautiful smile but also grow up with healthy habits. Read on to learn these top nine tips.
9 Ways To Make Dental Hygiene Fun for Kids
One way to make your child interested in oral care is to do daily oral care together. Kids mimic what their parents do. Show your child your excellent brushing technique! After brushing, clean between your child's teeth with floss, flossers, or an interdental brush, or help them do it themselves if they are old enough.
The American Dental Association (ADA) advocates brushing for two minutes, twice a day. How do you know that your child is brushing for long enough? Use a two-minute timer. Let your child start the timer before they begin brushing, and let your child stop the timer when it chimes so they feel involved in their routine.
A song can be a timer! Cheerful songs that last around two minutes are a great way to ensure your child is brushing long enough. You can sing the song to them or play it on a speaker or smartphone. You can ask your child what music to play so they feel involved and enjoy the brushing time.
If your children need more information about why oral care is so critical, several children's books encourage healthy oral care habits. You can also show your child a fun video about dental hygiene. Stories and videos designed for children are great for teaching kids how to take care of their teeth and make oral health something that they can relate to.
Preschoolers love getting messy, so why not use arts and crafts to teach your preschooler why consistent oral health is important? Using a poster board, draw or print off a large, smiling face with exposed teeth. Use a marker to color those teeth yellow and hand it over to the kids to paint white teeth. Talk about the importance of cleaning teeth so they stay white and healthy. You can hang the finished product in your bathroom as a good reminder of what clean teeth should look like. You can list reasons why oral hygiene is important on the poster, too, as a reminder for everyone in your family.
To make cleaning their teeth more enjoyable, you can create your own gold star reward system. You and your child can decorate a poster with teeth, toothbrushes, healthy snacks, and other oral health themes to represent the days of the month. Give your child a sticker to put on the poster every time they brush their teeth.
Regular dental check-ups are another essential part of good dental hygiene for kids. Visits to the dentist every six months help to keep your child's smile sparkling and healthy. You can reward going to the dentist with a fun activity to have a positive association with the dentist's office. Surprise your child after the appointment with some fun family time. Head to the park or plan a picnic with healthy foods for healthy teeth.
Getting your children excited about oral health can be challenging. Often parents pass on their own anxiety of the dentist or their bad oral hygiene habits to their children. But making daily oral hygiene habits fun with music, a fun toothbrush, or crafts can ensure the whole family has fun with the activity.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.