Let’s face it: brushing and flossing are not the most thrilling activities, especially if you’re a young child. That’s why it’s essential to make brushing and flossing as fun and care-free as possible for your children. With the help of Hudson Valley Dental Care: Lawrence Gilbert, DDS in Monroe, NY, you can learn a variety of ways to make your child understand the importance of dental hygiene and have fun while doing it.
This cosmetic dentist specializes in all types of dentistry and is happy to suggest techniques that’ll keep your child engaged when it’s time to brush and floss. In fact, here are three techniques you can try at home:
- Make It a Game: Children love games, and there’s no better way to encourage good behaviors than by infusing a boring and tedious task with a bit of fun. When it’s brushing and flossing time, have your child play copycat by mimicking your moves. Once he or she gets the hang of it, you can reverse the game and let them take the lead.
- Offer Rewards: While there’s nothing more rewarding than a healthy smile, it might be a good idea to offer your child some type of reward for good brushing and flossing behavior. You can track your child’s dental hygiene habits on a calendar by rewarding him with stickers each time he brushes. Or you might promise a bedtime story for each night she practices good dental hygiene.
- Add Some Character: Another way to make brushing and flossing fun is to give the toothbrush and the dental floss their own characteristics. Pretend each dental hygiene instrument has its own personality and its own mission. This’ll give your child something to look forward to and help them understand the importance of these dental hygiene habits.
To learn more about adolescent dentistry or to inquire about tooth replacement and whitening, be sure to contact Hudson Valley Dental Care: Lawrence Gilbert, DDS at (845) 783-8326. You can also learn more byvisiting his website.