While it may not be the easiest task, it’s tremendously important to teach your kids proper dental hygiene habits. For children, learning proper brushing and flossing will lead to a lifetime of healthier teeth and brighter smiles, but the question remains: how do you make dental care fun for your kids? As Anchorage’s premier emergency children’s dentist, Dr. Chris Coplin, of Alaska Dentistry for Kids, has some tips for making brushing and flossing easy to learn and fun to do for kids of all ages.
What are some ways to make kids' dental care fun? What are some painless ways to get them to develop proper brushing and flossing habits? Let’s take a look:
- Pick A Fun Toothbrush: A themed toothbrush, perhaps based on a favorite movie or TV character, is a good way to get a child excited about brushing; you can even let them pick it out themselves. So long as the bristles are soft, and it’s the right size and shape for the child’s age, you’ll have made the right choice.
- Family Time: Since children model much of their behavior on their parents, another way to encourage brushing and flossing is to do it all together as a family. This way, your kids are not only more eager to take part, but you can keep an eye on their technique. Alaska Dentistry for Kids will also be able to offer help teaching your child the most effective methods for brushing and flossing by providing a short lesson during your next dental visit.
- Multimedia: Music, in particular, can help children learn how to brush; for instance, by humming a song together, you can make sure that he or she is brushing for the recommended two minutes.
- Special Floss: Many children complain that flossing hurts their gums, but this need not be the case if you use specialized flossers designed for smaller mouths and more sensitive gums.
Another essential part of oral care is scheduling regular appointments with your dentist at Alaska Dentistry for Kids. To learn more about this dedicated children's dentist practice, check out their website, and when it’s time to schedule a cleaning, checkup, or other service, simply call (907) 274-2525.