Empower Kids to Care About Teeth
As a parent, you understand how important your child's health is, but they might not. It is often difficult to get young children to care about their health, including their oral health. Making sure your kids brush and floss can feel like an uphill battle. Fortunately, we here at Treehouse Children's Dentistry have some tips in this area.
Let your Child pick their own Brush
As much as possible, try to make brushing teeth a fun time for children. Many different types of toothbrushes are available in a wide variety of colors and shapes. Several feature popular characters from TV shows, movies, or video games. Even if you know what your child's favorite characters are, bring them with you to pick out their toothbrush. If they are given the freedom to choose their brush, they are more likely to use it.
Teach your Child how to Brush
When the time comes to brush, brush your teeth at the same time your child does. Show them the correct amount of toothpaste to use. When you brush your teeth, let your child watch you, so they know how to do it. Watch how they brush to ensure they're doing it properly, brushing all surfaces of their teeth. In the case of a younger child, check their teeth when they're finished.
Make Brushing Fun
Again, if you make those two minutes an enjoyable experience, your child is more likely to brush on their own. If the child finds brushing boring, then those two minutes can feel like forever. Instead of having them look at a clock or timer, you can sing a song. Several kids' songs about brushing are available online, many of which are set to the tune of other popular kids' songs.
Books about brushing teeth that teach kids how important oral hygiene is are also available. You can also read these books before your child starts brushing, so they can follow along.
Recommend Healthy Snacks
Crunchy fruits and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Not only that, but they also scrub your child's teeth when they chew. If your child tells you they're hungry, offer them one of these snacks. Doing so will work wonders for your child's dental health in addition to teaching them healthy eating habits.
Come in for Regular Dental Appointments
Having a healthy mouth requires more than just brushing and flossing. Regular dental exams and cleanings play a crucial role in preserving your child's oral health. Our staff at Treehouse Children's Dentistry knows how to talk to kids in a way they understand. By so doing, we can learn the information we need from them about their condition and explain the importance of oral health to them in a way they'll understand.
Encourage your child to ask us questions when they come in for dental appointments. We are more than happy to answer their questions about their teeth, brushing, or anything about us or what we do. Kids who interact and engage with us are less likely to be frustrated, bored, or nervous when they come in for dental visits.
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