Kids are adorable even if they have chocolate-stained teeth, right?
Yes, it is true that kids are cute in any way but those crooked and stained teeth should go away. Ugly teeth and poor oral hygiene can cause other health issues to your children. Start setting an example for them on how to properly care for their teeth. Once they develop good dental habits while they are young, they will get used to doing these habits as they grow.
Your biggest challenge is how to teach your kids the proper way of caring for their teeth. Here are some tips to make dental hygiene fun for your kids:
- Let them pick their own toothbrush. They want to choose the color, shape, and character that they like.
- Let them choose their own toothpaste. Kids hate toothpaste that tastes like medicine. Don’t force them to use your mint-flavored toothpaste because you think it’s a better brand. Kids want to brush their teeth with candy-flavored toothpaste.
- Inspire them to take care of their teeth by reading stories that talk about dental hygiene.
- Use a timer to keep track of how long they spend brushing their teeth. Counting numbers or singing their favorite song while they brush their teeth can help them keep track of time.
- Reward them for good dental practice. Don’t treat them with sweets. Instead, give them healthier or simple treats like extra time playing with their puppies before going to bed or a gold star.
- Plan a fun activity after your child’s dental visit. Kids don’t like going to a dentist unless you promise to give them a fun activity afterward.
Aside from developing good habits for your kids, there are other things that you can do to make their teeth and gums healthy:
- Fluoride reduces cavities in teeth. It also makes the teeth strong by hardening the tooth enamel.The main source of fluoride in water. But if the water you drink has no fluoride, ask your dentist if he will recommend a fluoride supplement. In most cases, your dentist will give you toothpaste with the right amount of fluoride or he will apply a fluoride varnish to your kid’s teeth.
- It is easier to teach your kids how to brush their teeth than to floss. Teach kids how to use floss with handle. Make sure they learn how to control pressure when they floss to prevent bleeding gums. Bleeding gums can scare your kids from flossing again.
- Watch out their diet. Cut their sugary treats. Do not let your kids drink a lot of soda, fruit juices, and other sweetened drinks.