Encouraging your children to have better a dental hygiene routine? From a young age you should be stressing the importance of good dental health to your children. We know that it can be difficult for those with a busy family lifestyle to make sure everyone is brushing their teeth for 3 minutes at least twice a day. But, don’t worry! A Renfrew dentist from the Bluewater team is here to provide experienced dental care tips for children.
As a family run practice, we love to provide simple dental tips that some patients may find useful. We provide dental advice and information when we can! If you don’t know when to start brushing your baby’s teeth, take a look at our last post.
3 Dental Care Tips for Children from Bluewater
Make Brushing Fun
Think about what your child really loves and incorporate this when its time to clean their teeth. There are a whole range children’s toothbrushes that feature Disney/cartoon characters, make use of them! Or, if they like a particular song, play that song and encourage them to keep brushing for as long as it plays. Also, use their favourite fictional character in a story and make a big deal of how this character was really good at cleaning teeth and how much they loved to do it. Your children will then hopefully want to mimic the behaviour of the character.
Another way to encourage your children to keep a good dental hygiene routine is to reward them! Create a rewards chart or poster with them, and explain that if they keep up good brushing for a certain amount of time, then they will be rewarded. Make the whole thing exciting! Even if you only have to implement this chart for the first couple of months before get into a good routine, it is very effective.
Make it a Family Event
Our final piece of advice when it comes to giving the best dental care tips for children is to make brushing and flossing something everyone in the family does together! When a younger child sees a parent or older brother/sister brushing their teeth properly, they will be more likely to also want to.