Children’s dental experts generally recommend that parents brush their kids’ teeth until they’re around seven years old. That’s around the time most kids begin to assert their independence, so it’s a good time for them to take over. But sometimes kids get stubborn about brushing. Then what? Pediatric Dental Center has some tips.
Ideally, children should brush their teeth twice a day, and have that become a lifelong habit. Setting the right example can make a big difference. Let your kids know how important good dental health is to you, and make sure they see you brush and floss without fail.
Here are some other tips that are tried and true:
- Make it fun. Try singing the some of your children’s favorite songs as they brush, or even do a silly dance. Make it special, something reserved for brushing.
- Choices. Like we said, issues can arise as children begin to assert their independence. Get them more involved by letting them choose the toothbrush and toothpaste they want to use. Make sure their choice has the American Dental Association label on it – and let them know why that label important.
- Be positive. This is one of the most important things. If your child digs in her heels and won’t brush, don’t issue any ultimatums. It’s okay to let brushing go now and then. It’s a good time to emphasize how important good dental health is, but don’t make it negative with comments like, “You’ll get a lot of cavities if you don’t brush!” A small reward, like staying up a little later on Friday night or control of the TV remote, can help.
At Pediatric Dental Center we want to help our young patients start on a lifetime of good dental health. We offer complete pediatric dentistry services and emphasize preventative care. We’vegot offices in Burlington, Cold Spring and Crestview Hills KY. Please call us to schedule an appointment today!
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