Regular brushing and flossing are necessary to ensure your child learns techniques for lifelong dental health. While most parents know that showing their child how to brush and floss is important, they may struggle to keep them engaged in the task. Children sometimes dislike this activity, as they do not see it as fun.
At Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to the long-term health of children’s smiles through care both in our office and at home. We have created this guide to help parents turn daily brushing and flossing into a fun time for their children, encouraging positive habits for a lifetime.
Use a Themed Toothbrush
Modern toothbrush manufacturers offer a number of options to keep children interested in brushing and flossing. Whether your child likes Marvel, Disney, or Nickelodeon, there are almost certainly brushes themed with characters or shows they enjoy. This allows younger patients to turn brushing their teeth into a game starring the characters from their favorite shows, movies, and games.
Play Your Child’s Favorite Song as a Timer
With the availability of streaming music on nearly every connected device in your household and in your pocket, it is easier than ever to make a timer out of your child’s favorite song. If the song they choose ends before the recommended two minutes, start it over or begin to play another song they like. This makes the time spent brushing enjoyable.
Let Your Child Pick the Flavors of Toothpaste and Floss
There are a variety of flavors your child can choose from selecting oral hygiene products. The next time your child needs toothpaste or floss, let them go with you to purchase them. They can choose the flavor and even the theme of their brushing and flossing materials, ensuring that they are as happy as possible when keeping their teeth clean.
Brush and Floss with Your Child
Your child may prefer to clean their smile with you, rather than do so by themselves as you supervise. When it is time for your child to brush their teeth, do it with them. You can even turn their oral healthcare routine into a fun competition, where you see who can brush their teeth better.
Help Your Child Keep Their Smile Healthy
Making brushing and flossing fun for your child can ultimately be fun for you too. To learn other ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy while keeping them engaged, contact Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry today. Dr. Geri-Lynn Waldman and our whole team want to see your child smile happily for a lifetime.