Helping your child form consistent, efficient dental hygiene habits is vital. These habits can stay with your child for a lifetime, so they can have a healthier smile. But what is a good way to get your child excited about dental hygiene and dental care? Dr. John A. Johnson Jr. and our team at Johnson Dentistry are thrilled to offer some tips for making dental hygiene fun for your child!
Making Brushing & Flossing a Family Event
To get your child excited about brushing and flossing, consider cleaning your teeth together. Children mimic what they see their parents doing. Show your child proper brushing and flossing technique. This includes teaching them to brush their tongue by example. If they are too young to brush their teeth on their own, brush their teeth for them or help them.
Choose an Exciting Toothbrush for Your Child
Allow your child to pick out their toothbrush, or choose one for them that is colorful or that has a favorite cartoon character on it. If your son or daughter’s toothbrush is fun, they will be more excited about brushing their teeth.
Select a Fun Type of Toothpaste for Your Child
You may be surprised to learn that toothpaste can be exciting or fun for your child. It is likely that your child will not be excited about mint toothpaste, but he or she might race to the bathroom to brush if the toothpaste had a tasty flavor like strawberry or watermelon. Children’s toothpaste also comes in fun colors or with sparkles.