At Awesome Smiles, we are often asked how soon in life good oral practices should be implemented, and how to overcome the challenges of helping children to learn to embrace brushing and flossing their teeth twice a day. As a team of family dentistry specialists, we?ve put together our favorite tips for forming great oral health habits in your children. Learn more below.
By the time your child is one year of age, or their first tooth has grown through, you should be forming a regular brushing schedule. Be sure you take baby to their first dental checkup at most 6 months after the first tooth has erupted.
Make Brushing Fun
Your children are more likely to embrace their brushing and flossing schedule if you make it fun. Children?s toothbrushes come in a range of fun and exciting styles, so allowing them to choose the style that they like the most will encourage them to look forward to brushing twice a day. You can also make brushing more fun by turning it into a game.
You do your best for your children, and part of this is to set a good example when it comes to brushing your teeth. Your children will follow your lead, so when you brush consistently, so will they.
Get Them Involved
Ensure that your children take an active part in their brushing and flossing process. Allow them to hold their own toothbrush and learn to brush themselves. In the early years, you can give them a helping hand, but make sure they know the right technique, too!