Good oral hygiene habits don’t just happen overnight. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure your children develop the best oral hygiene habits possible. With the right oral hygiene habits, your children can look forward to a life of good dental health and teeth that can last a lifetime. If you’re not sure where to begin with oral hygiene habits, we’ve compiled a list of the top parenting hacks to raise kids with good oral habits.
One of the best ways to helping your children establish good oral habits is by making the learning process fun. Instead of just yelling at your kids to brush their teeth, spend some time finding educational content for them to view. Whether it’s a children’s book or cartoon, showing them fun and intriguing education content about dental health when they’re young can help them understand the value of good oral health.
Make their experience even more fun by letting them pick out their toothbrush and toothpaste. Even choosing a toothbrush with their favorite cartoon characters on it or bubblegum flavored toothpaste can help them feel more excited about brushing their teeth.
If you want them to stay consistent with their oral hygiene habits, try using positive reinforcement. Start by praising your children every time they brush and floss. You can go an extra step by creating a chart for every day of the week with two boxes per day for brushing and one for flossing. Every time your child completes one of their daily tasks, have them add a sticker to the box. Make a deal with your children that if they fill up their entire chart with stickers, they get a prize like a new toy or whatever you think will motivate them. Eventually, they won’t need the chart to persuade them to brush and floss. It will just be part of their daily routine.
Make sure to take the time to show your kids how to properly brush and floss their teeth. Don’t just show them, also explain to them why it’s important. Brushing and flossing can prevent cavities, bad breath, gum disease, and associated health problems. The better you can explain to your children why oral health is important, the more they will understand why they need to do it.
Your children look up to you and want to imitate everything you do from drinking coffee to getting dressed for work in the morning. Make sure your children also see you brushing and flossing your teeth. Even better, brush and floss your teeth together so your child knows that it’s what responsible adults do and will want to imitate you.
The last and most important way to raise your children with good oral habits is by taking them to the dentist every 6 months. These preventive dentistry appointments are essential for removing plaque and tartar and for diagnosing and treating problems early. When your child visits the dentist regularly and has positive experiences, they are more likely to continue visiting the dentist into adulthood. It’s also important that your children see you visit the dentist every 6 months too. Remember, monkey see, monkey do.
We hope these tips help your child develop good oral habits. If you or your child are overdue for a dental cleaning, please contact Burkburnett Family Dental today to schedule an appointment with our family dentist.