Playing in the mud all day can be fun, but at least kids are aware that once they are done they need to wash off. When it comes to the mouth… essentially that is what happens, handfuls of Doritos, bags of gummy candy, and cheesy macaroni are the same for your mouth as playing in the mud is to the body. Teaching your kids to “wash off that mud” can be challenging.
Here are some creative tips to help teach your kids good oral-hygiene habits.
1- Use Music
For both children and adults, the minimum amount of time spent brushing your teeth is two minutes. This is a challenge for adults, so you can imagine how hard it is for the attention span of a child. Find a song (there are apps for this) they love that is at least two minutes long. Each time they brush they can play the song and know that they have brushed for the right amount of time.
2- Brush & Floss as a Family
Kids are always watching what you do and will pick up on your habits, good and bad. So make sure they see that you take the time to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Set aside time to brush and floss with them, making it a fun activity for the whole family.
3- Use a Reward System
Set goals using a chart. When goals are met you can mark them off with fun stickers. When they reach certain goals you can reward them with fun things, such as small toys, going to a movie, or cooking their favorite food. These are just a few ways to help your children develop good habits. If you need more ideas, feel free to contact our office. Our staff has many amazing ideas that can help parents make sure their children have a life-time of healthy-dazzling smiles.