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How To Encourage Oral Health Care For Kids

"Did you brush your teeth?"

It's a question you ask every night before bed. But while it's a very simple, two-minute task, some kids have trouble remembering to do it, or struggle to do it right. Oral health care for kids could be easy – that is, if you could get your children excited about it. Here are a few ideas to get them on track.

Helpful Reminders

If your children frequently forgets to toothbrush, encourage them with some fun bedtime routines to help them along. Create your own chart of getting-ready-for-bed tasks that don't just include brushing, bathing or washing up. For example, have them put their toys away. As each task is completed, mark the chart with a star or character shape. Get some inspiration from forms such as the Colgate® Kids No More Nasties Checklist. With a little help, you can teach your kids to take charge of their oral hygiene. Soon enough, they'll start remembering on their own that it's time to brush.

Leave It to the Kids

Make toothbrushing something your children look forward to by giving them a choice of toothbrush and toothpaste. Whether it's manual or electric, their toothbrush shouldn't seem like a requirement, but rather something they picked out. As for toothpaste, your children are more likely to brush if it's their favorite flavor. Colgate's® 2in1 toothpaste, for example, features fun strawberry and watermelon flavors.

Apps for Kids

Kids are tech savvy, so why not use apps to keep them interested in oral care? With the free Toothsavers game by 2min2x, kids can learn about the importance of oral care and keep track of when and how long to brush – all while saving a fairy tale kingdom. Reaching kids where they have the most fun may be just the thing to get your child to be more diligent about their brushing.

Visit a Pediatric Dentist

A trip to the dentist can be fun, especially when you take your child to a dentist that specializes in kids oral care. A pediatric dentist is specially trained in caring for tiny teeth, and will often have toys or play areas to comfort them while they wait. What's most important is that you have a knowledgeable, friendly dentist who can educate you and your children on the appropriate care for their teeth. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, the first dentist visit should take place once that first tooth comes in, or by their first birthday.

When it comes to oral health care for kids, it's all about education and making oral care fun. Find what tactics work best for your children, so you can adopt a routine that keeps them happily brushing every day.

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.

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