Brushing is the most basic and essential practice that should be followed regularly for better oral health. But sometimes children don't enjoy it. So here are some tips to make brushing fun for your child.Start early
As soon as your child's first teeth appear, you should begin brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. As more teeth appear, you can begin flossing between them each day. It's important to establish good oral care habits early on so that your child won't develop serious dental issues in the future. Visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. It's best to establish a relationship with a dentist before your child is even born because children should see the dentist by their first birthday. Establishing a relationship with a dentist early in life can help instill feelings of trust and comfort in your child – making them more likely to accept regular dental care as they grow up.
If you're having trouble getting your little one to brush, try some of these ideas to make brushing fun!
If your child is old enough to understand, explain that their teeth are like little magnets that attract all food particles and bacteria to them, which is why they need clean teeth to keep them healthy and prevent cavities.
Many children find brushing their teeth fun when they listen to their favorite song on the radio or watch a fun video on YouTube. For parents who cannot keep their child's attention, it is suggested that they time them while they brush their teeth. For example, parents can set up an egg timer to count down two minutes while the child brushes their teeth. Or they can sing a favorite song two times while the child brushes his or her teeth, so they will know how much longer they have left to brush. It will make the task much more enjoyable and less of a chore.
When shopping for your child's first toothbrush, let them pick out the color or character they like best. You can also purchase unique toothbrushes with their favorite characters on them to make them more appealing and exciting for them. You can also allow them to choose a battery-powered or manual toothbrush that fits their needs. Whatever type of toothbrush they choose, make sure it has soft bristles and replace it every three months to stay on top of cleaning their teeth and gums.
Additionally, allowing them to choose their own flavor of the paste may make the brushing experience more enjoyable for them, which can make them more likely to want to repeat it in the future.
No matter what age your child is, it is important to instill in them the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day to maintain their oral health. If your child is due for a checkup and cleaning, schedule one at your local dentist's office today!
Chaffee Pediatric Dentistry provides solutions for all your child's dental problems. We are located at 1239 East McKellips Rd #107, Mesa, AZ 85203. You can reach us at 480.739.2993.