Children just don’t seem to want to look after their teeth do they? I am not exactly sure why they don’t want their mouths to feel fresh, but you can possibly relate to the fact that you seem to moan more about children brushing their teeth than anything else, am I right? However, as parents, we know that it is so important, so I wanted to share with you some of the best tips to keep your children interested in their dental care.
Allow them to choose their own brush
A great tip would be to allow your child to choose their own brush. This really gets them involved in the whole process of brushing and why it is important. I guess there is some psychology behind this move as well. Enabling them to choose their brush means they are taking some ownership of the matter. They chose their brush, perhaps in their favorite color or character, and so they may be more encouraged to use it.
Keep up with regular dental check-ups
The most important aspect of dental care is to keep up with regular appointments. This is when children can develop a little fear of the dentist because it can feel like the unknown, which then, in turn, can make them feel a little unsure about it. Looking into places like dentists fishers in your local area could be the best move. Regular appointments mean they get used to the dentist and also helps you to keep track of their dental health.
Lead by example
Children pick up a lot from their parents, and so you may want to consider what you are doing in front of your children. Brushing with them is a great way for them to learn suitable actions for brushing their teeth and also how long they should be doing it for. Setting the right example will help children to feel like brushing their teeth is part of a normal routine for them instead of wanting to avoid it.
Make brushing less of a chore
Maybe your children feel like brushing their teeth is a bit of chore, which is probably one of the reasons they try and avoid it. So make it less of a bad thing to do by using tech like smartphone applications. There are specially designed apps for encouraging children to brush their teeth, playing videos with their favorite characters for the recommended amount of time for brushing.
Explain the importance of good dental health
Finally, one of the best ways for children to understand the importance of brushing their teeth is to for you to explain the importance of it. This means making them aware of might happen if they don’t keep up with regular brushing, and how they want to ensure they have good teeth for when they are older. Children pick up on things and are smarter than they seem.
I hope that this helps you to encourage your children to take better care of their teeth.