Perhaps one of the biggest challenges about being a parent is helping your kids maintain their oral health. You could make a new year’s resolution to get your kids motivated about their dental hygiene regime. Here are some tips to help you out:
Make brushing more fun – Kids would usually find that there is nothing exciting about brushing their teeth. This year, you could change all this by turning brushing into a fun activity. This way, your kids get the fun and excitement they need while working toward maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
From now on, you can start picking out some of your children’s favorite tunes and play them while they brush their teeth. Some kids might even want to sing and dance to those tunes while brushing. You can take it up a notch and choreograph a short and simple dance to keep them excited.
Allow your children to flex their independence a little bit. This is useful for getting them motivated as kids might find it discouraging to be forced into doing certain chores or activities. Let them have their pick of toothbrush and toothpaste when you go shopping.
Switch to flavored floss – You can help spice up your kids’ flossing routine by switching to the flavored floss variety. It’s common knowledge that kids take more kindly to flavored medicine than regular ones because of the sweet and delicious scent. Similarly, this can apply to flossing as well.
There are a number of flavors you can choose from – cupcake, winter mint, berry blast, and many more. In addition, you get flosses in a range of fun colors that could get your kids more excited to use them. Make sure you go for floss handles that are designed especially for kids. Some floss handles might come decorated with cartoon characters, so let your kids have their pick of their favorite cartoons.
Even if you haven’t found a pediatric dentist already, make it a new year’s resolution to find one for your kids. Try getting your kids acquainted with the dentist first before making a decision.