Oral care should begin as early as possible. As parents, it’s our job to teach our kids how to properly take care of their teeth, gums, and mouth so that they’ll have strong and healthy teeth when they grow older.
But of course, it’s easier said than done. Kids, after all, have very short attention spans.
Here are a few tips that we’d like to share with you on how you can make oral hygiene fun for your child.
- Brush your teeth together.
Brushing your teeth together (and flossing too!) is not only a fun bonding moment with your child but it also teaches them the right way to brush and clean their teeth. You can even sing a fun song together while you’re at it.
- Give your child a special toothbrush.
Do you want your child to be interested (and excited) about brushing their teeth? Then give him or her a fun-looking toothbrush! It will pique the child’s interest and will make him or she look forward to brushing. Moreover, you can also get your child a flavored toothpaste in their favorite flavor.
- Give them a reward.
Make oral hygiene exciting by giving your child a reward. You can, for example, reward them with a gold star every time they brush and floss their teeth. And don’t forget to create a calendar poster and place it someplace visible so your child can stick each gold star on the poster.
- Show them oral care books and videos.
These materials are easily found online and in bookshops. Books and videos will encourage your child to start and maintain good oral hygiene habits.
- Use a colorful timer.
We always recommend that kids brush their teeth for a minimum of two minutes, two times a day. To make sure that your child follows this rule, you can get him or her a fun-looking timer and allow them to set it themselves.
It can be quite challenging to teach toddlers and young kids oral care but it’s something we need to do to ensure that our children grow up with healthy teeth, gums, and mouth. Try these tips to make it fun for your little one and don’t forget to take your child to the dentist every 6 months to keep their smile healthy.