Flossing your teeth daily is extremely important for both children and adults. The American Dental Association is adamant about brushing and flossing each day. Lacking in oral care can cause plaque to harden into tartar. Flossing regularly also helps prevent gum disease and cavities. Trying to explain these important dental points to children doesn’t generally carry around the same weight as they do with us adults. As parents, we may be better served coming up with a handful of fun ways to get kids to floss daily. So that being said, let the games begin.
Joining your child for a game of brush and floss can be good motivation and a fun bonding experience. Try having a friendly race of who can get all of their teeth cleaned and flossed first, but be sure to do this both in the morning and before bed. Keep in mnd that it takes two minutes to brush your teeth properly. This is a fantastic way to help motivate your child to accomplish the task, and also gives them a sense of bonding and a role model, you.
When it’s time to brush and floss your teeth, enter the bathroom together. Begin with brushing your teeth so they can look and see how they can care for their own. When you’re finished, look into the mirror and point out how good your teeth look and exclaim, ‘Wow my teeth feel and look great! Now it’s your turn.’
Some children respond well to the rewards system. When they do something well, give them a little perk in return. You don’t only have to use the reward system with oral care, have a household with a reward system. You could also use the reward system for chores, homework and good grades, already, extend the program to include dental hygiene. The reward can be anything from an extra thirty minutes of television to a monthly Pokemon card for consistency.
At Young and Polite Children’s Dentistry we have our own reward system, and we have to say, the children love it!
Teaching children how to properly care for their teeth at an early age sets the tone for good dental hygiene throughout their lives. At Young and Polite Children’s Dentistry we believe strongly in preventative dentistry. Help us watch your children’s great dental habits!