Did you know that February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day? February is also National Children’s Dental Health Month, so now is a great time to put some thought into how you’re teaching your children about taking care of their teeth. In this week’s blog, learn a few tips that will help instill good habits in your children that will serve them for a lifetime!
How to Teach Your Children About Good Oral Health Habits
Start teaching them early
Even though most children won’t lose their first tooth until around the age of 6, good oral health habits should begin much sooner than that. In fact, you should start taking care of your children’s teeth before they even have any! Using a damp cloth to wipe their gums will help to remove bacteria before they’re old enough for an infant toothbrush. It’s also a good idea to teach them about the tooth fairy before they start to lose their baby teeth so they will be excited about practicing good habits like brushing and flossing. Reminding them that the tooth fairy only wants teeth that are healthy and don’t have cavities can be a great motivator!
Don’t be shy about adding extra motivation
Let’s be honest: Kids are very motivated by prizes. So there’s no shame in providing them with incentives to encourage good oral health care habits. While the tooth fairy might only leave money for teeth, she might leave a cute new toothbrush under a child’s pillow to make them excited about brushing.
Keep it fun
Making toothbrushing time boring is the quickest way to make your kids dread it, so try adding in some variety to keep it fun. Maybe your child has a favorite song that is only played while they brush their teeth, or maybe you splurge on that special toothbrush that looks like Elsa from Frozen so your child will be excited to use it. No matter how you doing it, making this time fun and interesting is a great way to instill good habits in your children.
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