February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and it’s the perfect time to get your kids excited about their oral health. This year’s slogan is, “brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile!” In the spirit of Children’s Dental Health Month, we’ve gathered some of our favorite tips on how you can make brushing and flossing enjoyable for your little ones.
How to Make Brushing & Flossing Fun for Kids
Sometimes it’s hard enough getting your kids to eat, bathe, and get to bed on time, and that’s all before the added stress of battling them to brush and floss. However, it’s important to help your children develop good dental habits from an early age. While it’s no easy task, getting creative with your child’s dental routine can motivate them to take great care of their smile.
- Brush & Floss with Them – Kids often mimic their parents. Walk them through the steps while you’re brushing and flossing, and make sure you seem happy while you’re doing it. If they see that you enjoy taking care of your teeth, they’re more likely to enjoy it, too.
- Create Brushing Games — Tell a story where your child is a superhero sent to protect their teeth. You can even make them a little cape to wear while they brush and floss.
- Have a 2-Minute Dance Party — Two minutes of brushing can seem like a long time for a child. Try putting on a fun song so your child can dance while they clean their teeth.
- Get a Fun Toothbrush & Toothpaste — Let your kids pick their own toothbrush with their favorite character on it. There are also a lot of fun, safe toothpaste flavors to choose from that may be more appealing to a child than the traditional mint flavor.
Preventive Dental Care
Brushing and flossing are the foundation of a healthy mouth, and so are routine dental visits! We recommend you see us every six months so we can clean your teeth and check for any dental issues. Are you or your child due for a teeth cleaning and exam? Contact our office to schedule your appointment.