When it comes to Children’s Dentistry in Issaquah, we believe that good dental hygiene habits start early and last a lifetime. This is easier said than done, so we’ve come up with a short list to get you started helping your kids develop good dental hygiene habits.
- Be a good example. Let your kids see you floss and brush your teeth. Let them see you turn down soda and sugary food with the reason that you just brushed your teeth.
- Choose your sweets carefully. If you chew gum make sure it’s sugar-free. Involve them in choosing sweet making sure that sticky candy like fruit leather and sugary gums is automatically off the list.
- Make it fun. No, kids don’t ‘need’ fun, smart toothbrushes or sparkling toothpaste but it certainly can help, especially if you encounter a phase of resistance to tooth brushing. Letting them pick their own toothbrush with their favorite character (as long as it is still soft) involves them in the process and makes them more invested in their own teeth.
- Get a fun timer. Some kids love old fashion sand timers, other’s like songs that last as long as brushing should last. Match a timer to their personality and tastes and encourage them to brush along!
- Have the tooth fairy write the young ones notes praising their good flossing and brushing habits.
- Teach your kids to rinse their teeth with water after every meal, if they can’t brush.
These are just a few ideas; feel free to comment and share how you get your kids to brush their teeth.