Sometimes you have to drag your kids to the sink to get them to brush their teeth. But, there are fun ways to get them to understand how important proper dental hygiene is to their heath. Yes, their baby teeth will fall out, but it’s never too early to teach them the basics so they’ll know how to take care of their permanent teeth.
Speaking of the basics, that’s usually the best place to start. Make it fun for your kids by giving them cool and unique toothbrushes and fun-flavored toothpastes to make it a cool sensory experience. Kids will shy away from anything that tastes “yucky” and unpleasant, so you need to make a good first impression when it comes to dental care.
After they’ve gotten into the habit of brushing at least twice a day, you can expand their education to include fun crafts and activities that will encourage them to develop a positive attitude about keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Look for fun posters with pictures that will show them how much fun it is to brush and floss.
The most important step to ensure your kids grow up with strong healthy teeth is to find a pediatric dentist in your area. Years ago, pediatric dentistry wasn’t common, but today, there are plenty of dental practices that cater exclusively to children. Taking your kids to the dentist when they’re young will get them used to the experience and they’ll be less likely to be afraid when they’re older. A good pediatric dentist and his staff will make it an enjoyable experience for your kids, and encourage them to take care of their teeth. The longer you put it off, the less likely your child will be to develop strong habits. It’s important to get them started when they’re young. Remember to always tell them that brushing is fun!
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Sean Shen is a pediatric dental expert who frequently writes for blogs, magazines and Web sites.