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Maintaining a dental care routine can be difficult for many kids. To make oral care part of their daily regimen, make brushing and flossing a more fun experience. Your child will not only have a beautiful smile, but they will also develop a healthy habit that will last a lifetime.
Here are things you can try to make oral care more fun:
Letting your child pick their toothpaste gives them some control over their oral routine, therefore keeping them engaged. Toothpaste comes in fun colours and flavours. If your kids use toothpaste they personally chose, they become more excited to brush.
However, this doesn't mean they're free to use a toothpaste that's full of sugar. Here are a few guidelines to make sure your child uses the right one.
Let them choose their toothbrush when it's time for a change. This gives them something to look forward to every three months. There's an assortment of toothbrushes on the market perfect for children - from animal-shaped ones to familiar cartoon characters. However, function should always come first before the design.
Here are things to consider regarding toothbrushes:
Young children like to mimic their parents, so show them the right way to clean their teeth as you brush with them. To make brushing more entertaining, you and your child can do sing-alongs while getting ready.
Stories are also a great way to instil the importance of brushing to children. You can pretend to brush the teeth of your child's favourite stuffed toy, and encourage your child to follow.
Sometimes, a friendly competition can help turn brushing into a life-long habit. If your child has a sibling, ask both of them to brush together. They can brush to the tune of music that plays for two minutes. The winner is the one who manages to brush their teeth without stopping.
Use reward charts. This way, your children will become more motivated to win. If they have no siblings, they can compete with their cousins. Or they can compete with you.
Now, you know how to make brushing and flossing more enjoyable. If you have questions, you can always come in for a consultation with one of our dentists. We offer general dentistry, children dentistry, and other dental services in our clinic at Ross River Road.