March 23, 2019
Does just the mention of brushing and flossing their teeth cause your child to explode and resist? There has to be a better solution, and the good news is that there is! Your pediatric dentist offers ideas and tips to eliminate arguments over teeth brushing now, which will instill good habits for the future.
Find Fun Materials to Teach Your Child About Oral Health
Reading fun books about the dentist together with your child or finding coloring pages about teeth put a positive spin on visiting the dentist. Your pediatric dentist has some great suggestions on materials you can choose to prepare your little one for their dental visits.
You can also let your son or daughter pick out their own dental tools. Maybe they would like a fun character themed toothbrush or toothpaste in bright colors or tasty flavors that they enjoy? They will be more motivated to brush and floss at home when they have a say in the type of tooth brush they choose, or the color and flavor of their toothpaste
Make Brushing a Family Event
Lead by example and make brushing more fun by doing it together. Create a game like Simon Says or Monkey See Monkey Do, where your child can follow your brushing techniques. Focusing on a game makes brushing more enjoyable!
Don’t Give Up
Teaching children good techniques and habits for brushing and flossing their teeth early on is a gift you will give them for a lifetime. If they are resistant, keep pushing forward. You will eventually find what works for your child.
As they grow into adolescence having good brushing habits will protect their teeth as they begin to learn to navigate the world by making their own food choices and sometimes develop eating habits that may not always be healthy at first.
Do You Have Questions?
Your pediatric dentist is an important resource for you in helping your son or daughter develop good oral hygiene and habits that will serve them in the future. Always feel free to contact your pediatric dentist when you have questions or concerns about your child’s oral health.
About the Author
Dr. James Forester is truly a kid at heart, which makes him the perfect option for your pediatric dentist. He strives to make every child feel safe, comfortable, and valued when they come to the dentist. He has the extensive skills and training to give your child the personalized dental care they deserve.
If you would like to contact Dr. Forester, he can be reached through his website or by calling 805-592-2020.
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