When it comes to parenting, there are many different struggles that parents deal with, especially at different times in their children’s lives. This includes teaching them how to care for their smile. Brushing and flossing is an important life skill that needs to be taught at a young age, but how do you get your kids interested in good dental hygiene habits? At New Smiles Dental in Sherwood, Oregon, we are here to help. Our dentists work routinely with both parents and children to assist them in making oral health a priority.
Below are a few recommendations that our team will make for parents who are struggling to get their children to brush their teeth twice a day:
- Make brushing the teeth a game. Anytime you make a dreaded chore a game (think, “who can clean up their toys faster?”), it increases the chance of participation.
- Change toothpastes. Some kids don’t like the taste of mint and might be avoiding brushing because of this. Either skip the toothpaste to see if compliance improves, or take them to the store and let them pick out a flavor they like.
- Make it a routine. Kids thrive on routine, so make sure children know exactly when they need to brush and floss their teeth during their morning and evening routines.
- Be a good role model. When children see their parents taking care of their smiles, they will likely follow suit without a fuss. It is also recommended that parents schedule their oral health appointments back-to-back with their children so their kids can see them getting their teeth examined and cleaned too!
Do you struggle in getting your children to understand the importance of good oral hygiene habits?
With the help of a dedicated family dentist, you can get your kids on the path to healthier smiles. At New Smiles Dental, we are here to help. Call our office at (503) 925-9595 to request a consultation visit with our team at 17680 SW Handley, Suite #101, in Sherwood, Oregon. We are open to new patients—and new families!—and look forward to meeting you!