It’s better to start teaching children about oral hygiene early on in their lives than later. Because good habits that form at a young age, stay with you forever. I still remember how my mother was persistently meticulous about brushing my teeth. Her wisdom has stuck on to me for life, which is why it saddens me how thousands of children miss school on a yearly basis due to painful gum and teeth diseases. Not only does their education get hampered, they also develop low self esteem.
Dental Hygiene for Kids:
Children tend to do the opposite of what you tell them to do. At this rate, you will have to run around chasing them when you are yourself too tired. The best way is to get them interested about it rather than thinking of it as a chore. Before long, they will do it without you having to tell them. Here are three steps to engage them:
- Tell: Explain the process and importance of brushing and flossing to your children using pictures, cartoons or music! Make sure that they understand and reward them if they can sing along or answer questions.
- Show: Show them how it’s done. Take out time to show them how you brush and floss your teeth. Children learn best by imitating others. If you have a stuffed animal with teeth or a doll, you can demonstrate on them to make it more effective.
- Do: They are not going to be able to do it right off the bat. So before bed and after waking up in the morning, you have to help them brush a couple of weeks. Hold their hand and show the circular and gentle motions of brushing. Brushing should be done for at least 2 minutes, allocating 30 seconds for each section of the mouth.
How do I make it fun?
What will make them follow the rules everyday after you’ve taught them? What will motivate them to brush? Rest assured because there are lots of ways you can achieve this. Take them to shopping with you and let them choose their favorite colored brush or toothpaste. Let them use the paste to draw on their brush, it’ll stimulate them to do it next time. You can find more tips and important information at http://www.dentalassociates.com/pediatric-dentistry/children-oral-hygiene-diet/
Get your children electric toothbrushes! I cannot stress enough the importance of electric brushes for children. I myself prefer a Sonic toothbrush because they not only have better grip for children but also makes the correct strokes and motions for a deep clean. Children absolutely adore electric brushes as they think it’s a toy. So it’s easier to get them to do it. Moreover, electric toothbrushes have timers that go off or vibrate when two minutes are up or when you need to switch between regions of the mouth. They also have pressure sensors that stop you from damaging your enamel by vigorous brushing.
Remember, once you get children interested, the good habits stay for a lifetime!