Making Dental Hygiene Kid-Friendly
It’s important to inspire children to take care of their teeth and gums at a young age, so they can grow up healthy and strong. Use these tips to keep your little one’s smile shining bright.
Use the Gold Star Program
To make your child feel accomplished and introduce some more fun into their routine, create your own gold star rewards system. You can decorate a poster with teeth, toothbrushes, and floss to represent days of the month. Then, give your child a sticker every time they brush or floss their teeth. Adding a prize at the end of every week or month is optional!
Get Special Toothpaste or Toothbrushes
There are plenty of ADA-recommended toothpaste and toothbrushes on the market — so why not pick up one with your child’s favorite character or color? In addition, consider picking up a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash in a flavor your child enjoys, such as bubblegum or berry.
Lead By Example
Kids often learn by what their parents do or say. So, lead by example and spend time brushing and flossing your teeth with your child. As they become more independent, they’ll take on this habit as their own.
Pick Up Dental-Themed Books or Videos
Educational books can be useful to help your little one grow and learn about a variety of topics — including the importance of keeping their teeth healthy. There are plenty of options available both online and in-stores to choose from — especially if you want to make a fun trip out of picking up a new book.
You can also add fun videos that demonstrate proper dental hygiene, which may give your child something to relate to.
Plan a Day Out After the Dentist
Many children (and adults) fear going to the dentist. However, you can excite your child by planning a special day out just the two of you after their appointment. Whether that’s at their favorite restaurant, museum, or a day at the park or movies. Quality fun time will take their mind off of going to the dentist.
Family Dentistry in Frisco TX
At Frisco's Dentists, we encourage parents to bring in children as young as two years old for routine checkups. Dr. Neal and the rest of our friendly dental team will provide easy-to-follow instructions for at-home care that kids can do themselves and offer encouragement at each visit.
Check out our friendly Frisco pediatric dentist and the services we offer to improve your child’s oral health. Call (972) 200-0656 for an appointment.