At-home hygiene is key to keeping your child’s teeth healthy and strong! Brushing twice a day and flossing once daily help remove harmful bacteria that threaten your little one’s smile. But what can you do if getting your child to properly brush and floss is a constant struggle?
Read on for five ways you can make brushing fun — or at least less terrible — so you can say goodbye to tears and tantrums while establishing good habits!
And don’t forget that brushing and flossing are only part of great dental hygiene! It’s important to see the dentist once every six months for routine checkups and cleanings. At Dentistry for Children, we specialize in the care of kids and teens through 18 years of age! Our compassionate staff loves working with kids, and they’ve undergone special training to truly understand the development and unique needs of children.
If you’re looking for excellent pediatric dentistry in and around Murray, UT, give us a call at the location nearest you!
Tip #1: Turn It Into A Dance Party.
Turn on your child’s favorite 2-minute song and listen to it while they brush. Bonus points if you incorporate strobe lights and disco balls! The American Dental Association recommends that both kids and adults brush for two minutes twice a day, so keep that in mind when you’re choosing a song.
Similarly, you can substitute other fun 2-minute activities as well. If your child loves stories, take the time to read a short book!
Tip #2: Let Your Child Choose Their Toothbrush And Toothpaste.
Sometimes, getting your child to brush can be as easy as letting them pick out their own toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss. Let them choose products with their favorite characters and flavors!
Be sure to look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance to know that the products you and your little one are choosing have shown to be effective at preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
Tip #3: Brush As A Family.
The importance of healthy habits doesn’t end once you’re an adult, so lead by example and brush your teeth alongside your kids. This also allows you and your kids to come to motivate one another toward improved oral health, which we think is a beautiful thing!
Tip #4: Get App-y.
Use technology to your advantage, and find apps that gamify great dental hygiene. One popular app is the “Disney Magic Timer by Oral-B,” which works in conjunction with Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health Stages products and allows your little one to brush with their favorite Disney characters!
For older kids, there’s “Brush DJ,” which can connect to Apple Music or Spotify and play your child’s song of choice while displaying a handy tooth-brushing time. As a bonus, dental hygiene tips periodically scroll across the screen to encourage a thorough cleaning.
Tip #5: Reward Good Behavior.
Whether it’s with loving words or an activity you enjoy doing together, positive reinforcement goes a long way! Take some time to reward your child’s good behavior and let them know that when they practice healthy habits, they’re doing something great for their smile.
A Pediatric Dentist That Makes Checkups Fun
You can also encourage your child to adopt healthy habits by choosing the right pediatric dentist! At Dentistry for Children, we aim to make visits to the dentist fun. Dr. Rooklidge has built practices in the Murray, UT area geared toward the needs of kids. That’s why you’ll find colorful murals, playhouses, and child-appropriate video games in the reception room!
Call the location nearest you to schedule an appointment, or use our convenient online form.