It is important to begin caring for your child’s teeth even before they come in! Help your child develop good oral hygiene habits early in life and you’ll be helping them more than they know. Here are some ways in which you can help encourage your children to brush their teeth on a daily basis:
Everyone Brushes Together!
Lead by example! Children look up to their parents and older siblings so make sure the whole family is a good role model when it comes to taking care of teeth. To get your children into a good dental routine, have everyone brush their teeth at the same time. This is a great way to show your children how to properly brush their teeth and to get them into a daily habit.
An important part of developing a dental routine at home is edutaining your children about their teeth. Books and diagrams are great ways teach your children about their dental health but combining with something entertaining helps the message stick! Try setting up fun crafts. For example, cut out images of good and bad foods for teeth. Then, have your children place all the good foods inside a paper cut-out of a tooth…fun!
Let Them Choose
When grocery shopping, allow your child to choose their own toothpaste and toothbrush. Children love picking their favorite colors and toothpaste flavors. There are so many toothbrush options to choose from: electric toothbrushes, toothbrushes with their favorite characters, and different shaped toothbrushes. Remember, children ages 3 and up should only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
It’s time to plays some tunes! A fun way to encourage your children to brush their teeth for the proper amount of time, about two minutes, is to play their favorite song. Make sure that they brush their teeth for the entire duration of the song.
Another way to ensure your child brushes their teeth for two minutes is to use a timer. There are many different types of timers you can use, such as a digital timer or hourglass sand timer. The visual aspect of sand timers is especially good for children because they can flip it over and understand time by watching the remaining sand fall as they clean their teeth.
Taking care of your teeth from a young age is vital to your dental health by following some of our tips. Remember, it is also important for your child to visit us twice a year for regular dental exams. If you have any questions about your child’s dental health, please feel free to contact us at 212-587-02s02, or book a pediatric appointment with us online! Now, let’s get brushing!