Healthy teeth contribute to the overall health of your kids. Poor oral health can lead to various diseases, infections, teeth problems, and other health issues. Therefore, it is important to set good dental habits in your child’s growing year so they grow up to have robust oral health.
However, most kids tend to dislike brushing their teeth or visiting the dentist regularly. This is because they associate negative memories with this, causing their oral health to suffer.
You can use the following tips to make dental care more fun for your kids
Take your kids shopping and let them choose their toothbrushes. Child toothbrushes come in all kinds of colors and cartoon characters. And if their toothbrush has their favorite superhero on it, the kid is far more likely to enjoy brushing their teeth.
While you’re at it, also let them choose their favorite toothpaste according to the flavor they like. However, make sure that you only allow them the options approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
Watch videos that talk about dental hygiene with your kids. There are many short cartoons and kids’ shows that emphasize this topic, and watching these can motivate your kid to practice healthy oral habits.
Reward children for practicing good oral care. However, remember not to give them candy or sugary treats, as that will defeat the purpose. Gold stars may be a good idea, but do whatever you know will make your kid happy.
Take your kid for a fun activity such as a water park or gaming zone after their regular dental checkups. They’ll start associating the dentist visit with the happy follow-up activity. Therefore, they’ll actively look forward to their appointments.