Your child may get excited about brushing his teeth, but for many parents, the battle of the brush is a nightly occurrence. However, getting your child interested in oral hygiene can be easy with a little effort and some creativity.
Let your child pick out his own toothbrush. Toothbrushes come in all sorts of shapes and colors, including superheroes and cartoon characters. As long as the toothbrush can reach every part of your child’s mouth and has soft bristles, it should work. You can also let your child choose his own toothpaste. Toothpastes are available in all sorts of fun flavors. You just need to make sure that it contains fluoride and carries the American Dental Association Seal of Approval.
Buy an extra toothbrush, and let your child practice brushing the teeth of a doll, action figure or stuffed animal. Try letting your child brush your teeth, although you should probably brush them again later. You might sing special toothbrushing songs when that time of the night rolls around, and have a song that you play to make sure that your child brushes for the full two minutes.
One of the best things you can do to get your child to brush his teeth is to set a good example. Let your child see you brushing and flossing, and brush your teeth along with your child, If he knows that you are serious about your oral health care, he will take it seriously as well.
If you have questions about taking care of your teeth, or if you are looking for a family, dentist, why not visit with Dr. Duane C. Clouse? If you live in the Maricopa, Arizona, area and would like to make an appointment at Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, Duane C. Clouse, PC, call 520-316-6111 today, and let’s get you started on the road to great oral health!