How’s your daily brushing and flossing going? Good? How about your kids – are they enjoying their dental hygiene sessions? The bad news is that as much as you want your children to feel concerned about their oral health, they don’t usually hop on board with the dedication and intensity you might expect out of an adult. Now for the good news: All it takes is approaching children’s dentistry based on the needs of a child to ensure you create a solid foundation of good habits that will – hopefully – last a lifetime. The key? Make it fun and consistent. We just happen to have a couple tips on hand to get you headed in the right direction.
Tip #1: Commit To Consistency
When it comes to practicing effective children’s dentistry, we always begin by urging parents to remain consistent. By performing the exact same dental hygiene routine with your little ones every single day at the same general time without making any major changes, brushing and flossing simply becomes habit. It’s never something your children think you might forget about. Soon, it will simply become second nature.
Tip #2: Have A Happy Outlook
True, you might even have moments when you would rather skip your brushing session and crawl into bed. However, you know that protecting yourself and your children’s smiles from problems like tooth decay and gingivitis relies on twice daily brushing and once-a-day flossing. As a result, we suggest you make it a fun experience. Incorporate a theme, let your little one choose a special toothbrush and toothpaste, sing a song together when you’re done, turn on some music that makes everyone laugh – whatever your method, smiling while you brush can make it something you all look forward to. The essential factor in children’s dentistry is remembering that your little one is still learning. Making the process enjoyable is what it’s all about.