February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and dental practitioners take this opportunity to inspire parents to encourage their children to adopt healthy dental habits. Brushing as soon as children’s teeth begin to surface helps kids get used to the process. By the age of two, a child can start using small amounts of non-fluoride toothpaste while they brush, and they can begin flossing once their teeth touch. To make dental hygiene practices an enjoyable daily routine, you may want to try some of the following tactics:
Let Them Pick Their Supplies
Many children are enamored with their favorite cartoon characters and toys. There are several different children’s toothbrushes and toothpaste to choose from depending on what your child’s personal preferences are. Take your child shopping with you so they can pick out supplies that will make them enjoy and want to practice proper dental care.
Sing a Song
Not only will playing or singing a song make brushing fun for your child, but it will also ensure that they brush for the right amount of time. Children should clean their teeth for at least four minutes, so you can repeat their favorite two-minute-long song twice during their daily tooth cleaning.
Reward Good Dental Hygiene
Implementing a reward system can help motivate your child to brush correctly and regularly. Some children prefer visual aids such as sticker boards, but others respond better to verbal praise and encouragement. Try different forms of acclamation to prompt your child to maintain a healthy tooth brushing habits.
Children should start seeing a dentist regularly by their first birthday. To schedule your child’s dental exam appointment with Dr. Christine Chung, please call (551)222-4493.