Fun ideas for happy healthy smiles
It’s not always easy to get your kiddos to practice good dental hygiene. Below are a few tips that will help you encourage your little ones to practice oral health at a young age setting the foundation for healthy adult teeth. With a little creativity, dental hygiene can be fun for kids at home and will prepare them for a successful visit at NOAH for their next cleaning appointment! We are accepting new patients so call today at 480-882-4545.
1. Change toothpastes.
If you are having a difficult time getting your child to brush, consider changing things up a bit with a new toothpaste. Not all kids like the minty taste of adult toothpastes. This is often due to the fact that children’s mouths are much more sensitive than those of adults and the tingling sensation associated with a minty toothpaste can often create a burning sensation. Instead, help your child to select a more kid-friendly toothpaste with a fun taste, such as bubblegum.
2. Buy a new toothbrush.
It is always a good idea to change out toothbrushes at least a couple of times per year as well as whenever you have been sick. Let your child pick out a toothbrush they are sure to use such as one with a fun design. You may also find that he or she is more excited about brushing and quicker to do so with fewer complaints.
3. Make it fun.
Make brushing time feel like less of a chore and more like playtime by playing a song when your child is brushing his or her teeth. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association recommends brushing for two full minutes twice daily. This is about the same length as a song. Have your child select a song of their choice and play during brushing time. Make dental hygiene like a game.
4. Implement a reward system.
Kids are often motivated to complete chores when offered fun incentives. Try placing stickers on a calendar for each day that your child flosses. At the end of the week, let your child choose a healthy reward. Implementing a reward system is a great way to encourage and make dental health fun.
5. Make brushing a group activity.
Whatever your child sees you do, he or she will want to do as well. By brushing your teeth together, you set a good example and can encourage your child to develop good brushing habits.
6. Make dental visits fun.
It is not unusual for many young children to be afraid of a visit to the dentist. One way to combat fear by making sure you set a positive example and avoid the use of negative words, such as pain or hurt.
7. Try an electric toothbrush.
Electric toothbrushes do much more than just brush. Many models of electric toothbrushes can play music, rotate, pulsate, vibrate, shake, and much more. With so much going on, an electric toothbrush may be more appealing to your child than a standard toothbrush.
8. Encourage flossing.
Flossing can be painful even for adults. To make the process easier for your child, consider using small flossers that are made just for them. Try flossers with bright colors and animal shapes.