It’s a common problem for children to try to avoid brushing their teeth. From the child’s point of view brushing just takes time away from playing, and it signals it’s about time to go to bed. Some children seem to have a harder time brushing than others but, whatever the reasons, most parents struggle when it comes time to get their children to brush.
Because it is important for children to maintain healthy teeth and gums, the dentist at Village Park Family Dental, your affordable dentist in 77429, has put together a list of tips to help parents overcome daily brushing struggles. Some parents reason that because children lose their baby teeth, proper care and brushing at an early age is not too important. Nothing could be farther from the truth. You should develop a dental care plan with your affordable dentist in 77429. As a rule, a baby’s gums should be cleaned gently after each feeding, and their teeth brushed as soon as they appear. This helps establish a pattern of good oral health and teaches the child the importance of daily brushings.
Below are some other tips for helping motivate your children to brush their teeth.
1. Make the practice of routine brushing a fun activity. It helps to brush your teeth at the same time as your child’s, and you can make brushing a game or competition. Also, many children’s toothbrushes and toothpaste are made to look like cartoon characters or have fun pictures. Let them choose products that help make brushing more entertaining.
2. As any parent knows, a reward system sometimes helps motivate children to do things they dislike. Rewards can include things such as small toys, stickers, or participating in their favorite activities. Giving sugary candies of other sweets is not a good idea, however. Talk with your affordable dentist in 77429 about other rewards that can encourage your child to brush their teeth.
3. Develop the ‘brushing habit.’ Starting a routine of brushing for your child as soon as your affordable dentist in 77429 recommends, is a good way to build a positive attitude towards good oral health in your child. Beginning as soon as teeth appear helps establish a brushing habit and helps the child understand the importance of good dental hygiene.
4. In the early years use a children’s toothpaste. Many toothpaste manufacturers offer pediatric toothpaste that tastes better than adult toothpaste and are packaged in ‘fun’ packaging with cartoon characters and are brightly colored. Try several, and then let your child pick the one they like the most.
It is never too early to talk with your dentist at Village Park Family Dental, your affordable dentist in 77429, about your child’s dental health. Even before teeth appear in newborns, some oral health practices can be started. Your dentist at Village Park will gladly help you start a cleaning and brushing routine for your children. Call our offices today and schedule an appointment. Also, don’t forget to schedule a bi-annual routine checkup for yourself and other members of your family. Call today, 281-376-4444.