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We hear you–getting your child to brush her teeth for two minutes, twice a day can be a challenge. Simply setting a timer and supervising can be tedious for both child and parent! At Wellwood Family Dentistry, we know that brushing and flossing can be fun! Here are 4 tips to help make dental hygiene a daily habit.
Rewards Chart: Try using a reward chart for your child. For each time your child brushes his teeth, he puts a sticker on the chart! Make sure to use non-food rewards to help maintain a healthy smile.
Toothpaste: Use the right amount of toothpaste. For a child under 3 years old, use a small dab of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. For children 3-6 years, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Many child toothpastes come in a variety of flavors and colors, and some even have sparkles! Allowing your child to choose may help make brushing more fun.
Character Support: Enlist the help of your child’s favorite characters! Many television shows and books have stories about brushing and flossing teeth. Reading and watching these stories together may help! You can refer to the stories when it is time to brush. Often, child-sized toothbrushes come in many fun colors and beloved characters. Try letting your child choose a favorite character to come along on the brushing adventure!
Stick to a Routine: The most important thing is to be consistent. Sticking to a routine, even after busy days, on vacations, or during holidays, will help your child understand the importance of brushing his teeth. Consistent brushing and flossing work together to help ensure a healthy smile for a lifetime.
With these tips, twice daily brushing can become a fun family time. Call Wellwood Family Dentistry at 410.486.3898 for more tips on pediatric dental hygiene habits!