Parenthood comes with a huge responsibility to make sure that your kids are healthy and happy. A big part of that is helping them to learn good oral care habits and make sure that their teeth are given the best possible chance of being healthy and strong. As your kids get older, they can take care of their teeth themselves, but you still have to make sure that they are doing a good job and getting rid of any oral issues they may have.
Teach Them How Long to Brush
The first thing you need to do is make sure that your kids know how long they should be brushing their teeth for. If your kids aren’t brushing their teeth long enough, they are likely missing plaque and food that can stay on their teeth and cause damage. About two minutes is a good rule of thumb for brushing your teeth. One simple way to help your child brush their teeth long enough is to choose a song of the correct length so they can brush their teeth while the song is playing. This is a fun technique that can get your child more excited about brushing
Pick Out a Good Toothbrush
The toothbrush you choose for your child can also help to make them more exciting and effective at brushing their teeth. Let your child choose their own toothbrush, but give them options that will all be great at keeping their teeth clean. They can choose a toothbrush with their favorite color or character to make things more fun. Also make sure to pay attention to the feeling of the bristles. For example, if your child has braces they should be using a toothbrush with softer bristles.
Be a Good Example
Your kids will be much better about brushing their teeth if they can follow your example. Make it a point to let your kids see you brushing your teeth on a regular basis. You can also model good oral hygiene habits like flossing and visiting the dentist on a regular basis. Your example will help your children to have healthy smiles.
Your children will appreciate the work you put in to make sure that their teeth are as healthy as possible. Don’t stress too much about it, but set a good example and make oral health as fun as you can. This will help your children to develop good oral health habits as they get older.
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