Teaching your children positive dental habits can set them up for a lifetime of great smiles. It’s a daily job, but it does not have to be difficult. Teaching your children how to take care of their teeth is actually pretty easy if you stay consistent. If you would like to create some positive habits, follow these steps recommended by Dr. Scott.
Incorporate Fun Into Your Lessons
When you are teaching your children how to properly take care of their dental hygiene, it is important that you make the activity fun. If you create a fun learning environment your children are more likely to remain engaged. You can make a game out of it or sing songs as you brush. Whatever it is that you do, try to ensure that your child is enjoying their dental hygiene practices so that they will be more likely to continue them on their own.
Use Oral Care Products That Are Designed For Children
Using a toothbrush and toothpaste that are designed for children can actually go a long way towards teaching your kids successful habits. “Fun” oral care products are not just a gimmick — studies have shown that kids are more likely to engage in dental hygiene if their tools are designed for kids. If you would like some recommendations on great child-friendly dental hygiene products, contact Dr. Scott for an appointment.
You can also find toothpaste that comes in child-friendly flavors that can help your child look forward to their brushing. The more they look forward to the brushing routine, the less of a struggle you will face when getting them to regularly practice oral hygiene.
Don’t Neglect Flossing
Even if your child only has a few teeth, creating a habit of flossing is key to having a healthy smile. Teach your child how to floss with kid-safe floss and they will learn that it is also a part of the daily routine.
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Don’t Neglect Your Own Oral Health
Children are mimics when it comes to human behavior and often will want to do the same things that you do. By ensuring that you keep a regular healthy oral hygiene routine, your child will be more likely to follow suit.
Contact Dr. Scott for Your Pediatric Dentistry Needs
Whether your child is ready for their first trip to the dentist office, or you just need a little help teaching your kid proper oral hygiene habits, Dr. Scott and his team are happy to help. If you are interested in learning more about the dental services we offer, contact Parkcrest Dental Group and ask for Dr. Scott at 417.262.5515 today. We look forward to working with you and your child to create a healthy smile for years to come!