For many parents, getting their children to brush their teeth can be a big problem. There are several ways to help get your children to want to brush their teeth, making your home happier and healthier. Healthy teeth are beneficial to your children throughout their entire life. Also, helping your children develop healthy tooth care now will encourage them to keep their healthy habits as they get older.
Brushing your baby’s gums will help them keep their baby teeth healthy when they start coming in. Many dentists will tell you that simply washing out your baby’s mouth with a warm wash cloth will help them understand that having a clean mouth feels good. As your baby gets their first teeth you can switch to a finger brush and baby safe toothpaste to keep their teeth clean and healthy.
Showing Your Children How to Brush is Important
Getting down to your child’s level and showing them how you brush your teeth will help them learn how to brush their own. You can start by showing them how to brush in circles like the wheels of a bus. This, along with showing them how to brush the front, back, top, and bottom of their teeth, will help them understand what you want them to do when they brush their teeth on their own.
Allow Them to Pick Their Own Toothpaste and Toothbrush
You will find there are several different types of children’s toothpaste and toothbrushes available. With so many choices, allowing your child to choose their own will get them more excited about brushing their teeth. With them choosing their own toothpaste, they will also want to brush their teeth on their own more. It is good to encourage your child to brush their own teeth, however, they will not be able to be as thorough as you would brushing their teeth so it is always a good idea to brush for them as well.
Brushing Their Teeth Should Be Fun
Having fun while brushing your teeth can be easy, especially with children. When you have more than one child around the same age, you can create a competition or game out of brushing their teeth. Parents can also join in on the fun. Teeth should be brushed for at least two minutes. You can time them and see who can brush for the correct amount of time. You can also encourage them to brush to get rid of the “cavity monsters” that attack their beautiful smile.
When all the fun is over, you should always compliment your children how well they have brushed their teeth. Your encouragement is one of the best ways to get your children to continue with healthy oral health. For help protecting you and your children’s smiles, please contact us here at Oasis Family Dental at (807) 623-2662 today!