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Parenting is a challenge and more so when it comes to dealing with a young child. One of the challenges that parents face is getting their kids to brush their teeth. Do Good Dental says that developing a healthy oral routine is important for children’s long-term health. Just because the kids are eventually going to lose their baby teeth does not mean parents don’t have to worry about their kids’ teeth cleaning.
When baby teeth are unhealthy, the adult teeth will also grow unhealthy. Problems with eating and speaking are likely to occur when tooth decay is left untreated. Similarly, braces will be your children’s future if you do not take care of their gums.
Considering how big of a role oral hygiene play does at a young age, this article presents some effective strategies to get your kids to start a healthy mouth cleaning routine.
Be Their Model
Kids are constitutive to imitate what their parents do. Thus in order to encourage your kids to adopt an oral hygiene routine, you must model it in front of them. Before you put them off to bed, take your kids along and brush your teeth with them.
Establish a Routine
You need to set teeth cleaning rules to make sure your kids stick to a consistent routine. These rules should include brushing their teeth every day at the same time, regardless of weekends or holidays. To make this habit a part of their daily routine, you can pair it with everyday activities like reading them a bedtime story or giving them breakfast in the morning. Once this habit has developed, it will turn out to be second nature to your kids.
Make them Independent
It is only natural for children wanting to do everything by themselves. Use tooth brushing as your break (because parents need one) and let them enjoy their independence. You may witness some mess but this exercise will help your kids develop confidence and motor skills.
Excite them with a New Toothbrush
Kids are attracted to colors and shapes. A fun toothbrush can make the whole process a lot easier and exciting. Go for your kid’s favorite color or cartoon character while buying a toothbrush for him/her. More so, let your kid pick one out for himself/herself.
Swap their Toothpaste
Kids are inclined to having flavors in their food and so is the case when it comes to their toothpaste. While adults like their toothpaste with mint, cloves, and peppermint, kids might have different preferences. You can look for fun flavors such as bubblegum and berry. If your kids are under three, make sure you buy training toothpaste for them. It doesn’t contain fluoride which makes it okay for incidents when kids swallow a little bit while they are still learning to brush their teeth.
Take Your Kids for Professional Teeth Cleaning
Just the regular brushing routine is not enough to have a maintained dental health. In addition to the consistent teeth cleaning, make sure your child gets professional teeth cleaning twice a year.