Kids have tons to deal with – school, after-school activities, homework, and family time. Along the way, they are also learning to take responsibility for themselves and their self-care. This includes learning about oral hygiene and taking care of their teeth; this is where you come in!

It’s up to you to guide them and provide the best advice for keeping their teeth healthy. Here, Dr. Coates offers five ways to help kids brush their teeth and form a lifelong oral care routine.

Make it Fun!

Of course, you know that they need to brush their teeth for two minutes twice each day. But setting a timer and keeping watch won’t encourage them to keep up the practice when you walk away. Add a little fun to the routine with music, a dance party, or a challenge. Play a two-minute YouTube video or read them a two-minute story. Creativity will help to fight the monotony.

Incorporate it Into Their Routine

No matter how busy or tiring the day has been or how late you may be running in the morning, help your kids stick to their oral care routine. Show them that it is also a part of your daily routine so that they can learn from your example.

Offer a Reward

Find out what motivates your child and provide a reward with every brushing session. Take a look at those pearly whites when they’re done and offer a “great job”!

Use Their Favorite Characters

Many of your kids’ favorite characters have videos, books, and episodes about oral hygiene. Take the time to view them together and apply what you’ve learned. Get a toothbrush for their favorite toy. Show them how to brush their teeth using their toy friend, but remind them that everyone has their own toothbrush and shouldn’t share.

Take Them Shopping

Make your child part of the process and allow them to choose their toothbrush, toothpaste, rinse cup, and floss. Just make sure their chosen items have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

The Importance of Proper Oral Care

Properly taking care of your child’s teeth and passing on good habits can prevent many issues, including:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Halitosis

Proper Brushing and Flossing

Your child’s teeth should be brushed at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. Ideally, they should also be brushed after each meal. Choose a small toothbrush with soft, rounded-end bristles and replace it every three months.

One could also argue that flossing is even more important than brushing, as it is the only way to remove plaque between the teeth. Teach your child to floss before brushing at least once each day and ideally after every meal. Use this guide to help your child brush and floss the right way.

Make us a Part of Your Team!

Our team is happy to partner with you to reinforce the importance of proper oral healthcare. On their next visit, we can offer instructions and tips. If you have any questions about proper brushing and flossing, Dr. Coates and our dental hygienist are here to help! To schedule your child’s next appointment, call us at 562-434-6414 or click here to make your request online!