By teaching children the importance of taking care of their teeth, you will be able to instill good oral hygiene and habits that they will take into adulthood. There are certain things you can do to get them interested in dental hygiene and we will give some examples in the article below.
You have to lead by example as children are very good at observing.
They tend to mimic what people around them do and this will give you a good chance to teach them to follow your routine. This means you have to be consistent in your oral health routine as well. You should prioritize brushing and flossing along with going for regular dental check-ups. Allow your children to see you engage in proper dental hygiene so they can include it in their own routine. You have to get them involved in these activities and make it fun. For example, you can use colourful toothbrushes and flavoured toothpaste. There can even be toothpastes made to look like their favourite action figure. You need to book an appointment at your local dental clinic when your child gets their first tooth so that they can get used to the dentists and the clinic. Look for dentists that specialize in paediatric dentistry as they will have a better understanding of how to interact with children and make the visit comfortable and enjoyable.
You can play some of their favourite songs during brushing time so that they will brush for a sufficient amount of time. You can create positive associations with brushing and flossing from a young age so that they get used to it and are encouraged to keep up good oral health habits. Starting early is the key to getting your child familiar with oral care routines. You can actually start before the first tooth emerges. At this stage, you can use a soft cloth to gently clean the baby’s gums. Once teeth start to appear, you can start to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. You can get the advice of your dentist when selecting dental care products designed for infants. By starting early, the oral care routine will become an important part of their daily routine.
There is a lot that technology can achieve when it comes to educating your children on how to maintain proper oral hygiene. You can look for apps and tools that help them learn more about this. For example, there are interactive games and apps they can enjoy which will also teach them about the importance of good oral hygiene. These apps can be used to teach them about dentist visits as well. Make sure to maintain a routine when it comes to brushing and flossing. This will become a regular part of their day that is non-negotiable. Make sure to have consistent timing such as brushing before they go to bed and when they wake up. This will create a predictable daily routine they can become familiar with.