For some kids, brushing and flossing is like a chore that they do once in the morning and once at night. However, it doesn’t have to be this way! Making oral hygiene fun can have lasting effects and can even make kids take an interest in keeping their mouths clean and healthy.
There’s an App For That
It’s recommended that a child brushes his or her teeth for two minutes. A fun way to make sure they get the full two minutes in is to use a brushing app that plays a song for two minutes and have your child brush as long as the music is playing. Pick something they like and will make them want to stay there the entire time. A smile on their face while brushing will make the time pass faster. Also, if the song is something they really enjoy they might even look forward to the next time they get to brush.
Visits from the Tooth Fairy
Every child is different when it comes to losing teeth. Some kids love the idea of losing teeth because that means they are growing up! Others don’t like losing teeth because eating can become uncomfortable until the tooth falls out. A good way to make this fun is by using the story of the tooth fairy. Tell your child a new tooth will grow back soon but the tooth fairy will come and give some money in exchange for the tooth that has come out. This is a great opportunity to talk about brushing and flossing. Explain that the tooth fairy loves to see teeth in good shape so she knows that the child is doing a good job brushing and flossing. I have had some parents say the tooth fairy does not bring money for teeth with cavities that come out!
Prize Winning Teeth
A kids’ dentist can show children what can happen to their teeth if they don’t brush. Some dentists even give prizes for good oral hygiene or a good visit. If your child’s dentist doesn’t give out toys, perhaps you could find a small way to reward them for their good oral report. A reward system, such as a brushing and flossing chart with stickers, is a great way for children to get motivated. Then on the chart, have a spot for the six month check-ups that has a special sticker or reward to be given for a good visit. Oral hygiene doesn’t have to be a difficult task every day. Just by making brushing and flossing into something fun, you could see an improvement in the oral health.