Lynn Dental Care: Healthy Habits for Kids
It can be a bit of a battle getting your kids to stick to a healthy dental routine, but it’s not impossible! Just like everything else in their lives, kids respond to activities that are fun. Who said brushing can’t be fun? There are plenty of ways you can really encourage your kids to get into the habit of brushing and stick to their routine. Lynn Dental Care is a family dental office, so we have plenty of experience with helping kids maintain healthy smiles. Read ahead for some fun tips, and remember to schedule regular checkups for your children at Lynn Dental Care to give them optimal oral health.
Show Them How It’s Done
Brushing isn’t nearly as effective if it’s not done correctly. Make sure you show your child exactly how to brush. Show them the small circular motion and how to get every inch of their mouth. Plus kids still look up to you and think you’re cool (which won’t last forever!) so they’ll want to imitate you. Brushing with your kids will give them a great opportunity to be just like Mom or Dad.
There are a ton of toothbrushes and toothpaste out there for children. There’s bound to be a toothbrush at the store with one of their favorite cartoon characters, princesses, or superheroes on it. Toothpaste is the same way, and it comes in all kinds of enticing flavors for children. Associating brushing time with their favorite character will definitely incentivize them to stick to their routine. Also, make sure to get them a timer so they know how long to brush.
Set the Scene
Kids love to have a game or goal associated with mundane tasks. Does your child’s toothbrush have a superhero on it? Tell them the hero has a mission to brush away the evil cavity monsters and save Planet Teeth. Is there a princess on the toothbrush? Tell them Tooth Castle has to be cleaned before the Royal Ball. There are plenty of fun stories you can make up to get kids excited about brushing their teeth.
Make sure you tell your children they are doing a good job. A great way to incentivize kids is to create a rewards calendar for them. Let them pick out a pack of stickers to put on the calendar for each day they brush in the morning and at night. Then consider giving them a weekly or monthly reward for having all of their days filled with stickers.
Make an Appointment at Lynn Dental Care
Make sure your kids are getting the proper dental attention they need by making an appointment with your Dallas dentist at Lynn Dental Care. Teaching your kids early on that the dentist is nothing to be afraid of will help them look forward to their regular cleanings. Lynn Dental Care can make sure your children have the healthiest smiles possible. Contact Lynn Dental Care today to set up an appointment or view our website for more information.