Practicing good oral hygiene is a lifelong skill for a healthy mouth. Starting while a child is young will help instill this practice as habit and avoid problems down the line. This may seem like a daunting task for many parents, but there are ways to make practicing oral hygiene fun.
Doing it together
The daily oral hygiene routine can easily become a fun tradition. Your child will try to mimic what you do and the best way to teach them proper oral care is to demonstrate it yourself on a daily basis. For this reason, it’s also important for the adult to show that brushing and flossing can be fun and exciting. If that’s just not how you feel…time to dust off those acting hats!
Using fun toothbrushes and toothpastes
How many children would turn down a teeth brushing party with Spongebob or Elsa? Not many. Buying a cool toothbrush and toothpaste can feel like picking out a present and can make children excited to clean their teeth, at least while the novelty lasts.
Using a musical timer
On average, it is recommended that everyone brushes twice a day for two minutes each time. Using a fun song that lasts around two minutes will help the time to go by quickly and add fun to the routine.
One of the biggest threats to a healthy mouth is sugary and starchy foods. Unfortunately, sugary and starchy foods are just what children crave and are reminded to crave. It is possible and important for parents to instill a love of certain foods in children- the healthy kind of food that doesn’t cause cavities. A great way to do this is by cooking together with healthy ingredients.
Giving rewards for dentist visits
Going to the dentist is not always fun for a child. In fact, it can be quite the ordeal for some. However, the trip can always be made better with a stop at the playground or a favourite treat after.
Help a child to start from the beginning with good oral hygiene habits will save them from problems later on that may be painful or costly. It is a worthy investment of a parent’s time and energy, and can become fun times that turn into sweet memories.