If kids were to list their favorite things, caring for their teeth twice a day would never rank. Because good dental hygiene is essential– non negotiable– parents must work that much harder to help kids form good habits. We do the job for our kids when they’re little, but at 6 or 7, they should be able to do it themselves, according to the American Dental Association. Here are 5 Ways to Make Dental Hygiene Fun for Your Kid!
“Brush Up” on Their Skills
If your kids are too young to brush and floss, encourage them to practice on their favorite doll or stuffed animal– or even you, if you’re willing. This will help them get comfortable with the process.
Freedom of Choice
Many kids will be more interested in caring for their teeth if they are involved every step of the way. Bring them to the store to let them choose everything from toothbrush to rinse. Using things they are excited about/have chosen will make it a lot more fun.
Do As I Do
Lead by example. Your kids should see you taking excellent care of your teeth. Regularly brush, floss, clean your tongue and use mouthwash, explaining as you go. Invite them to join you so that you can do it together. When you’re done, show off your fabulously clean teeth. And if there’s a time when you’re too tired to do it right (or at all), don’t let them see you cheat!
Party All the Time
Make it fun! Play their favorite song while they brush, or make up a special song together. They can dance along and act silly as they go.
Kids often respond well to points and prizes, so try a sticker system: Place a sticker on the calendar for every drama-free brushing session. After a certain number, give them a small prize.
To ensure good dental health for your kids, limit their intake of sugary foods and drinks. And if you haven’t done so already, substitute delicious Tickle Water for sugary juices and sodas!