Tooth decay, cavities, and the occasional temper tantrum. Although most parents understand the perennial battle of getting their children to brush their teeth, the fight to ensure a healthy and cavity-free smile is worth the whining. In honor of February’s National Children’s Health Month, the dental practices at My Kids’ Dentist & Orthodontics have provided parents with tips on how to make dental care easier and fun for your child.
Make Brushing Entertaining
Dentists recommend that children and adults brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. Children are often easily distracted, however, so staying in one place to brush their teeth can be a challenge. Make teeth brushing fun by including it as part of another activity or changing the style of toothbrush. Suggestions include using an electric toothbrush with blinking lights to indicate it’s time to brush in the next quadrant; playing your children’s favorite song as they brush; brushing during commercial breaks, and more.
Fluoride Treatments: The Superheroes That Fight Bad Bacteria
Along with regular brushing, twice a year visits to the pediatric dentist will help keep your child’s smile in the best shape. Your child’s dentist may recommend fluoride treatments as part of their treatment plan every 3, 6, or 12 months as they’re beneficial in keeping your child’s smile free of cavities. To help your child understand what to expect, turn the treatment into a story. One fun idea is to liken fluoride to a superhero that will help keep your child’s teeth healthy and more resistant to tooth decay by fighting bad bacteria.
Drink Water from the Tap
This year’s theme for National Children’s Dental Health Month is “Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!” Fluoride is a natural mineral found in tap water and is instrumental in preventing tooth decay and cavities by strengthening tooth enamel. If your child doesn’t care for the taste of water, adding fruit slices such as oranges, cucumbers, or even strawberries can help naturally sweeten water without adding sugar. Carbon filters can also help remove the taste of tap water.
The Power of Choice
Let your children be as involved in the tooth brushing process as possible. This includes letting them choose their favorite character themed toothbrush and fluoride toothpastes.
Make It a Family Event
A family that brushes their teeth together will have even more reasons to smile. Set a positive example by brushing your teeth with your children. It not only allows them to see and copy your movements, but it lets them feel special for participating in a grown-up activity.
By practicing good dental hygiene, visiting the dentist every six months, and drinking more tap water, your child’s smile will be healthier and happier.
Help take care of your child’s smile by setting an appointment with the nearest My Kids’ Dentist & Orthodontics today.
This post is written and sponsored by My Kids’ Dentist & Orthodontics.