If your child thinks oral hygiene is a drag, there are some things you can do to get your child more excited about cleaning their smile. If they enjoy cleaning their smile, there is a chance they will take good care of their teeth and gums as they get older. So, to motivate your child and make oral hygiene routines more enjoyable, our Crossroads Dental team encourages you to do the following things:
–Get products that are made for kids: To help your child get more excited about oral hygiene, you can let them use toothbrushes and floss that have their favorite animated characters on them. If they think brushing and flossing has something to do with their favorite characters, they will enjoy cleaning their smile that much more.
–Make it a game: You can make oral hygiene a game. See how many bubbles your child can make as they brush. You can also have them pretend their floss is like a superhero. The floss will travel throughout the smile, diving into every crevice and destroying the bad and mean particles that harm and damage the teeth.
–Brush with them: If you make their oral hygiene routine a family activity, then they might like cleaning their teeth more. To make it even more fun, turn on music and dance along while you all brush your teeth. You can also brush each other’s teeth if you’d like, just make sure you all receive a thorough cleaning job.
To learn more about oral hygiene in Waterloo, Iowa, or if you would like additional details on how to make oral hygiene more enjoyable, please call our office today at 319.291.3908 and talk to your dentist, Dr. Carol Halloran, or a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!