Some parents have either modeled a good oral hygiene routine or just simply got lucky and their kids enjoy brushing their teeth. Other parent recognize the tantrums or constant battle to get your child to brush. We as parents understand the importance of good oral hygiene but our children do not understand the consequences they may face later in life without proper dental care. This could lead to cavities, gum disease, root canals (which no one enjoys) and even extractions just to name a few.
We at Magic Smiles strive to teach our patients and our community starting at a young age the importance of good oral hygiene. If you are like other parents struggling to get your child to brush, here are a few things you can do to make your dental routine a little more enjoyable.
- Brush together – this will help your child understand the importance if they see you are having to do it as well.
- Routine, routine, routine – Have a daily routine. This way they know every day at about the same time they will have to brush. This will form routine and eventually subside the fights.
- Sing a song or have a timer – You should brush 2 times per day and for 2 minutes. If you sing your ABC’s twice it equals 2 minutes. You can also have a sand timer that they can watch to see when their time is up. There are also lots of awesome videos out that could play while the child brushes along with the character in the video.
- Educate – It is our job as parents to educate our children on the importance of brushing, flossing and seeing a dentist regularly. We tend to us the sugar bug story to promote proper dental care. Sugar bugs are bugs that live in the sugar and eat away at your teeth and gums. They can put holes in your teeth, make them discolored and in most cases will lead to pain in your mouth. If you eat a sugary substance you should always brush or at least rinse your mouth after. There is also a dissolving agent you can purchase from a pharmacy or dentist that they can chew on and it highlights the plaque in their mouth so they can see firsthand why they need to brush to get rid of all the plaque.