Parents are responsible for teaching their children proper oral hygiene habits. But sometimes, this process is easier said than done. To help make the learning process flow a bit easier at home, here are some useful tips:
The approach here will be different for every family and will be age appropriate for each kid. If you can come up with a fun way to brush and floss, give it a try!
Some families follow this common routine every night: dinner, TV or play time, shower/bath, brush and floss, story time and bed. You can try following this ritual every night so that kids always know what to expect and the process flows easier. Children are less likely to protest if they know what is coming. There is power in maintaining good structure.
Start enforcing a routine and twice daily brushing as soon as your child is able to brush on their own. Actually, it is helpful to begin the process even earlier, when you are still wiping gums and brushing their teeth for them. This will be all your kids know, so it will be normal.
There are countless ways to make oral hygiene more interesting to kids, but you might have to experiment for a while until you discover what works for your family. What makes one child happy, might not work for another, so don’t give up and keep trying.