Young kids who learn good oral hygiene habits at home will have a better chance of keeping their smiles healthy and comfortable as adults. At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, we provide comprehensive family dentistry in Gretna, LA, which includes helping parents take care of heir children’s teeth at home.
Here are 3 ways to keep little ones engaged:
Set a Good Example
As a parent, you know that kids want to emulate your actions. Let your children see you cleaning your teeth properly, and they will likely want to mimic your behavior. As your child is learning to brush their teeth, spend some time doing it together. If they need help, which they will until their motor skills fully develop, you will be right there to gently correct them.
Make Teeth Brushing Fun
If you look on YouTube, you can find some fun teeth brushing songs to play that are exactly two minutes long – the amount of time recommended for brushing teeth. You can play the video or find a song to make it fun for kids.
Kids’ toothpaste also comes in a variety of flavors – like strawberry and bubblegum. Use only a small smear for toddlers and a pea-sized amount for older kids for safety.
You might even consider a child’s electric toothbrush until your child’s dexterity matures. Action figures and fun colors make the toothbrush seem like a fun toy.
Set Up an Award System
Gold stars never go out of style. A bathroom chart or calendar will measure your child’s progress. Each week, you can present a small toy or reward (not candy!) to reward your little one for a job well done.
For reliable family dentistry in Gretna, LA, we invite you to get in touch. Our team enjoys caring for both children and adults, and we look forward to helping your whole family achieve healthy smiles.