You may be a product of the dental habits your parents taught – or didn’t teach – you. But hopefully, as an adult, you know the importance of good habits in your exercise, diet, work and dental routines. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to convince kids to brush, floss, eat right, exercise and do their homework!
You are the example. Your kids are watching you…so if you have good oral hygiene habits, they will copy you. Setting a good example teaches your kids that oral hygiene is important to you and that it should be important to them.
- Let your kids see you brushing and flossing or, better yet, do it together.
- Your kids should see you make time for dentist appointments.
- Eat healthy foods as a family, and avoid sugary beverages, sweets and carbohydrates that can damage tooth enamel and promote the growth of bacteria.
It’s a fact: People are more likely to do something if they understand why they need to do it. This holds true for kids as well. Find a movie or book that teaches your kids about oral hygiene in an educational, fun way. If your kids still need convincing, get a dissolving chewable tablet from your dentist or pharmacy that sticks to the plaque on your kids’ teeth. This is a great graphic and a clear visual explanation of why oral hygiene is important.
Make brushing and flossing fun!
If your kids avoid brushing and flossing their teeth because it is boring or they want to do other things, find ways to get them excited and involved.
- Let your kids choose their own toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste.
- Make a chart and give your kids a sticker or star every time they brush and floss.
- Reward them for their efforts – but not with candy!
- Play or sing a song while your kids brush their teeth…tell them they can’t stop brushing until the song is over.
At Morris County Dental, we put smiles on the faces of the ones you love!
Call for an appointment with Dr. Goldberg, today: (973) 328-1225.