Here at Auburn Family Dental, we know that brushing and flossing probably don’t top your child’s list of fun things to do! Unfortunately, many of the necessary things we need to do for our health aren’t “fun,” but there are ways to help encourage your kids to brush by helping take away the monotony of the habit.
Tips For Making Brushing & Flossing More Fun
Make It a Game – Kids love playing games, so turn oral hygiene habits into a fun one! Get your toothbrush and your child’s toothbrush ready and then have a contest to see who can get their teeth the very cleanest. Here’s a helpful tip – kids like to win!
Sing a Song – Nursery rhymes have shown us that kids love rhyming words and a catchy tune. Make up a song about teeth brushing and sing it along to a classic kid’s melody. Here’s an example, sung to the tune of ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ – Brush, brush, brush your teeth, brush them ‘til they gleam! Brush the fronts, the backs, the sides, and brush them in between!
Use the Tooth Fairy – The Tooth Fairy can be used as a great motivator for your kids to remember to keep their teeth healthy and clean. Make sure to remind your children that the Tooth Fairy only leaves treats for clean teeth that fall out. This will help them stay on top of their brushing habit!
Find An App – There are a number of apps on your smartphone that can help make sure your child is brushing for the appropriate amount of time. They can even brush alongside their favorite television character, super hero, or Disney princess!
It doesn’t matter which method you choose to help motivate your kids, as long as they’re brushing at least twice a day, flossing each day, and visiting our office every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.
To make an appointment with Dr. Raisdana, please don’t hesitate to contact Auburn Family Dental, located in Wichita, KS.