As children get older and start to take control of their own oral hygiene routine, it’s normal for parents to worry. Making sure they are brushing and flossing for the right amount of time and reaching all the problem areas can be daunting at first. Here are a few tips and tricks to help both you and your children make your dental routine easier and more efficient.
Tip #1: Timer
This can be as simple as a little kitchen timer at the discount store. If you want to get them a special themed timer, tooth shaped hourglass timers are available online in different colors. Time is one concept that is really hard for kids to grasp. Knowing exactly how long two to three minutes is (depending on the rule you live by) can really help.
Tip #2: Electric Toothbrush
An electric toothbrush can really help take your child’s tooth brushing game to the next level. Not only do they help clean hard to reach places better, but they can also help with a more even distribution of pressure which children especially struggle with.
Tip #3: Let Them Choose
One of the biggest struggles children face is the lack of control they have over their own lives. Child psychologists agree that anytime there are choices that can be offered it helps them feel more in control of their life and therefore happier. Go on a family outing to the store and let them pick out toothpaste, toothbrush, mouth rinse and flossing supplies. Make it fun and get the whole family involved.
Tip #4: Make a Chart
There really is no wrong age for reward based charts. Make a chart with an AM and PM routine. It can even double as a chore chart, as well. The rewards can vary by age. Maybe, they receive something from a box filled with small toys or stickers once they fill their chart. For older kids, perhaps the Wi-Fi password is only revealed once they have completed their responsibilities. Customize your chart to fit the needs of your family best.
Tip #5: Use Videos
Children’s YouTube videos are growing in popularity every day. Take advantage of this by researching some videos on tooth brushing. Kids especially like watching videos made by other kids their age. Of course, always watch the videos beforehand to make sure they are appropriate and educating your child in the correct way to brush and floss.
Tooth decay is almost entirely preventable. Brushing teeth twice a day can make a significant difference in helping fight the plaque that causes this decay. To schedule an appointment or for any questions call our office today at 858-866-9692.
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