As an adult, you know dental hygiene is essential. When your mouth is unhealthy, it can lead to other problems. Teaching your children the importance of good dental hygiene can be a daunting task. You need to ensure they understand why it is necessary, so it becomes a lifelong routine. Below are some ways to get your children to care for their teeth.
Show Don’t Tell
As you know, your children watch you closely. They see everything you do and often emulate what they see you do. You can use this to your advantage to get them to practice good oral hygiene. When they watch you brush your teeth, it will make them want to do it too. Let your child watch you and explain what you are doing. Make it look fun instead of the chore you probably think it is.
Make it Fun
Children are more likely to do something and keep doing it when it does not feel like a chore. When something feels fun, it does not feel like work. This works for adults too. Making brushing and flossing fun will make your child want to do it. You can make up a song for them to sing before or while brushing their teeth. Or you can create a fun game to play while brushing their teeth. You could also play a game where they brush the teeth of their stuffed animals. You could call it playing dentist.
Taking your child to the dentist routinely is also essential. It will show them going to the dentist is a required part of dental hygiene. It will also help to reinforce what you are teaching them at home. A dentist can explain proper dental care and check if they have been t brushing their teeth correctly.
Make Sure They Know it is Important
Aside from making it fun, your child needs to know it is serious. Teaching them proper dental hygiene is crucial but don’t make it scary. Teach them about cavities and tooth decay. Explain how these things happen and what can come from them. Watch your child while they brush their teeth and ensure they do it for two minutes.
You know dental care is essential, and your children should know it too. Teaching your child this early will help establish their lifelong dental hygiene routine
By Rachelle Wieber