It’s never too early to create good oral hygiene habits! At Edgewater Dental Arts, we know that when parents work with their little ones to develop a good oral health routine, kids grow up with healthy and strong teeth and a lifetime of good habits. While starting an oral health routine may seem intimidating, we’ve rounded up three helpful tips that will have your kids taking responsibility for their pearly whites in no time.
1. Involve Your Kids
Depending on your child’s age, you can help them feel ownership over their oral health. While younger kids will need plenty of supervision, older kids may be able to brush independently. Regardless, involving your kids in decisions like choosing the color of their toothbrush or selecting a wacky toothpaste (bacon-flavored, anyone?) can go a long way toward making brushing fun!
2. Make Brushing Fun
We love to hear the fun and creative ways parents encourage kids to practice good oral hygiene. One of our favorites is turning your oral health routine into a dance party: put on a fun song that’s around two minutes to bring the groove back to oral health. You can even designate one song for brushing and another song for flossing!
3. Educate Your Kids
If your kids know why their oral health routine is important, they will be more likely to follow it. Of course, make sure you’re sharing this knowledge in an age-appropriate way! For some younger kids, the idea of “sugar bugs” on their teeth can encourage them to brush teeth and avoid cavities. For older kids, sharing knowledge about how cavities develop can empower kids to make good oral hygiene choices.
Share Your Routine
Do you and your family have a fun oral hygiene routine you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about it! To ask our team any questions about caring for your teeth or to schedule your next appointment at our office, call us today!