Regular Habits Make for Healthy Teeth
While it may be important and necessary for kids to learn to brush their teeth correctly, getting them to do it is not always an easy task. At David K. Buran Dentistry, we always reinforce the importance of teeth brushing for kids. But just as important is what kids learn at home. Setting a good example and establishing a daily brushing routine will help them even more.
Be Consistent Every Day
Begin teaching your kids, from the time they can understand, the importance of brushing their teeth every morning and every night and flossing once a day. The sooner this becomes a part of their everyday routine, the better!
Set the Example
A great way for children to learn about good oral hygiene is to watch their parents/guardians take care of their teeth. Let them watch you brush and floss (hopefully you are!) and let them see that it is part of your routine.
Making it Fun
Brushing and flossing teeth doesn’t have to be a chore. Make it fun for your kids by singing songs about brushing teeth, picking out their favorite character toothbrush and letting them pick out their own, fun flavored toothpaste. Letting kids pick out their own toothbrushes and toothpaste not only helps them be excited about brushing, but it also helps them to have ownership in it because it is what they got. You can even find floss sticks in the shapes of animals and a variety of colors now. Kids love that!
Use a Timer
One of the hardest things for kids in brushing their teeth is to brush long enough. Most kids will go in, brush as fast as they can and call it a day. It is recommended to brush your teeth for a minimum of 2 minutes. Get a fun timer that will let the kids know when they have brushed long enough. You can also play a song so they know to brush their teeth until the song is over.
Healthy Habits for a Lifetime
Teeth brushing for kids doesn’t have to be a battle! If your kids learn early on that good oral hygiene is important in your home, they will establish a healthy habit for a lifetime. Not only is brushing and flossing important, but so are regular visits to the dentist. Dr. Buran has been serving families for 25 years.