At Gainesville Dental Group, we love caring for kids. Unfortunately, we typically only get to see your children twice a year for their recommended dental checkups and cleanings. This leaves 363 days of the year to care for their teeth at home. Is dental care a dreaded chore or constant battle in your house? Here are some ways that you can make brushing and flossing more fun and rewarding for your kids:
- #1 Download an App
- What kid doesn’t love technology these days? If your child is struggling to stay the course and brush for a full two minutes, we encourage you to explore the expansive menu of dental apps designed to encourage healthy brushing habits. These apps have fun songs and timers to ensure a job well done.
- #2 Buy “Cool” Dental Products
- Your child’s toothbrush, toothpaste and floss doesn’t have to look like yours. In fact, there are dental care products and tools designed especially for kids. Whether it is a character toothbrush, bubblegum-flavored toothpaste or cool water flosser, these fun, kid-friendly products can often change the way your child thinks about oral hygiene at home.
- #3 Create a Reward Chart
- Does your child do well with goals and rewards? Consider a simple sticker chart with a reward at the end of the week for brushing and flossing each day. This can include a sticker when your child does the task without complaining or brushes independently without being asked. Either way, don’t forget to reward with a prize that is not candy or sugar!
- #4 Be a Role Model
- Don’t dismiss the importance of your own dental care habits as it pertains to how your child feels about brushing and flossing. Let them see you taking care of your teeth at a young age so that they know it is a simple, yet non-negotiable, task that promotes a healthy smile and body.
For more tips on helping your child have a positive association with dental care at home, please call Gainesville Dental Group. We love our pediatric patients!
Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group