The good thing about good dental hygiene is that, for the most part, it’s simple to stick to. This can make teaching children to care for their teeth properly seem easier than expected, if not exactly easy. However, there’s a lot more nuance to it than just showing children the mechanics and expecting them to practice good hygiene on their own. Today, we look at a few ways you can help your child improve their dental hygiene practices after they’ve already learned the basics and help reduce their risks of experiencing oral health trouble.
1. Continue to lead by example
Nothing speaks more forcefully than the examples you set for your children, even in the little things like brushing and flossing your teeth. The best way to help them improve their ability to keep their smiles clean is to continuously lead children in their dental hygiene by example. Show the level of care and attention you put into brushing and flossing every surface of your teeth. Answer questions they have as they watch you, even if they seem irrelevant. Keep your child interested in your own good dental hygiene practices, and they’ll be more apt to learn to mimic them in their own routines.
2. Time it to their favorite song
Brushing and flossing teeth seems simple because they’re small and cleaning them doesn’t take a lot of time or effort. However, cleaning them properly does take care and attention, and it’s recommended that you should brush for at least two minutes each time to successfully clean every surface of your teeth. Rather than counting down the seconds or putting a timer on the sink to pressure kids into brushing longer, play two minutes of their favorite song to listen to as they do it. This will not only help them keep the right pace, but also make the entire process more fun and interesting.
3. Let them choose their hygiene products
Toothbrushes, toothpastes, and floss are utilities to adults, and little more. However, to children, everything is something to play with and entertain, and letting them choose the hygiene products that entertain them most will raise the chances that they’ll be more interested in dental hygiene altogether. Be sure the products they choose display the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval on the packaging to ensure they’ve been tested and rated effective.
Help your child improve their dental hygiene
With a little creativity and continuous attention, you can help your child improve their oral health by improving their daily hygiene routines. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.