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Family Dentistry Tips: How to Instill Good Brushing Habits in Your Children May 19, 2017

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Family Dentistry Tips: How to Instill Good Brushing Habits in Your Children, Texarkana, Arkansas

As a parent, it’s your job to care for your children, but it’s just as important to teach them how to care for themselves. This includes showing them how to maintain a healthy mouth and instilling good oral hygiene habits. Below, Randall A. Ellis DDS and his friendly family dentistry team in Texarkana, AR, share a few tips for doing just that.

3 Family Dentistry Tips for Instilling Good Brushing Habits in Your Children

1. Start When Your Children Are Young

Toddlers may need help brushing and flossing, but they are not too young to understand why they should be doing it. Start teaching your children about good oral hygiene when they are young so they can develop healthy habits from the start.

2. Make It Fun

Can brushing really be fun? Absolutely! You can play your child’s favorite song to time how long they brush, or you can encourage them to see who can make their toothpaste foam the most. If your children are older and foamy bubbles don’t excite them, consider using dental products that will show them where plaque has accumulated between their teeth. Your dentist can recommend some safe products that will make them excited to brush and floss.

3. Set Up a Reward System

family dentistrySticker charts and reward systems are a great way to help your children maintain their enthusiasm when they get bored of brushing. Devise a system that is appropriate for their age and maturity level, and set reasonable goals that they will be able to achieve at periodic intervals. When your children have something to work toward, they will be more inclined to take the initiative and brush on their own without you having to remind them.

In addition to brushing and flossing at home, your children should visit the dentist every six months for an oral exam. For quality family dentistry care in Texarkana, AR, turn to Randall A. Ellis DDS. Check out the practice online to view the general and cosmetic dentistry procedures they provide, and call (870) 772-1374 to schedule teeth cleanings for everyone in your family today.

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