For children, brushing and flossing can be like eating vegetables. Most kids don’t look forward to cleaning their teeth and they won’t do it if parents don’t enforce it. However, oral care for your kids doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore. With a little creativity from you, the parent, you can make brushing and flossing fun for your kids.
Play a Song
While your children brush, play a song they like. Brushing is supposed to last at least two minutes, so have your children brush from the start to the end of the music. You can play a second song while your child flosses. Here’s a fun children’s brush-along video.There are plenty of these songs available on YouTube. Find a few your children like and play whichever one they are in the mood for come brush time.
Develop a Reward System
Another way you can make brushing and flossing fun is with rewards. Children, like adults, are much more motivated if they get a reward. Every time they successfully brush and floss, reward them with a star, sticker, or token of some kind. Place a reward chart in the bathroom so they can see what they’ve earned. Visit this page for free printable dental reward charts.
Brush Along With Your Kids
Kids are natural copycats and follow the lead of their parents. Make brushing and flossing fun by brushing together. As you brush with your children, make the experience joyful so they associate dental care with happiness.
Don’t Forget Visits to the Dentist
Also, be sure to get your children used to visiting a family dentist on a regular basis. The sooner you start, the less worried they’ll be. Mukilteo Dental Arts provides pediatric dentistry as well as endodontics, oral surgery, and cosmetic dentistry for the whole family. Oral care for kids should start as early as possible to instill a lifelong and crucial habit. Contact us today; we’re here to make you smile!
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