Kids are notoriously picky. From the foods they will (as well as staunchly refuse) to eat to their favorite toys, getting them to change their minds — and their perspectives — can be a tall order. Convincing your children to commit to an oral hygiene plan, even if it’s just the simple act of brushing every morning and night, can be a stressful experience for everyone involved; if you’re looking for creative new ways to make dentistry for kids fun and enjoyable, check out these three ideas.
- Four minutes of fun: Dentists recommend that you brush twice a day for two minutes each, meaning you’ll need to distract your kid for an easy four minutes every day. Play your child’s favorite song while you both have a dance party, preoccupy them with a fun video or brushing app, or even try reading a two-minute story — just don’t forget to add silly voices! Get creative and switch things up so brushing time is always a good time.
- Reward good brushing behavior: As a parent, you have unique insight into what motivates your child. If they love stickers, you can make a reward chart and have them add one every time they brush; if they love to read, let him pick out the bedtime story; if it’s simple praise, ask them to flash those pearly whites and tell them how proud you are of them.
- Involve inspiration characters: Dentistry for kids is a subject many parents struggle with, which explains why there are a bunch of children’s characters that discuss it. With so many books and TV shows (such as Sesame Street) to choose from, all you have to do is pick one to experience with your child; when it’s time to brush, you can refer to that character as a good example.
Did you know that 42% of children between the ages of two and 11 have cavities? The best way to avoid the bad habits that formed these problems from following your kid into adulthood (and their permanent teeth) is to get them started early; by practicing the above tips and tricks, your childs teeth will be clean, and their attitude toward dental care will be positive as they age.