Helping your child form consistent, efficient dental hygiene habits is vital. These habits can stay with your child for a lifetime, so they can have a healthier smile. But how can you get your child excited about dental hygiene and dental care? Dr. Frantz Backer and our team at Advanced Dentistry of New York are thrilled to offer some tips for making dental hygiene fun for your child!
Brush & Floss Together
To get your child excited about brushing and flossing, consider cleaning your teeth together. Children mimic what they see their parents doing. Show your child proper brushing and flossing technique. This includes teaching them to brush their tongue by example. If they are too young to brush their teeth on their own, help them.
Allow your child to pick out their toothbrush, or choose one for them that is colorful or that has a favorite cartoon character on it. Make sure that the toothbrush has soft bristles and a head that is small enough to fit in all areas of your child’s mouth. If your son or daughter’s toothbrush is fun, they will be more excited about brushing their teeth.
You may be surprised to learn that toothpaste can be exciting or fun for your child. It is likely that your child will not be excited about minty toothpaste, but he or she might race to the bathroom to brush if the toothpaste had a tasty flavor like strawberry or watermelon. Children’s toothpaste also comes in fun colors or with sparkles.
For more tips and to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Jackson Heights, New York, we invite you to contact our office at 718-313-9987.