If you can get your kids into great oral health habits at a young age, you dramatically reduce the chances of them dealing with severe oral health problems later in life. Things like gum disease won’t ever be a concern for them, more than likely.
There’s just one problem – kids don’t make it easy to teach them oral health habits! But here at Children's Landing Pediatric Dentistry in West Jordan, Utah Dr. Michael Tew and Dr. Kristy Rogers know how you feel. We’ve had to deal with our fair share of helping kids love their oral health, and we want to pass on some of those tips to you.
Make it fun
Kids don’t seem to enjoy the taste of toothpaste, or the feeling of floss on their gums. They’re even less-fond of mouthwash.
There’s a reason kids’ toothpaste is made. You want to make sure to pick up toothpaste in flavors – and packaging – that kids will want to use. Just make sure you’re not choosing a toothpaste loaded with sugar.
Then there’s brushes. There’s a brush themed for just about every single cartoon character imaginable. If you let your kids pick out their own brush, chances are they’ll be much more likely to want to use it.
Explain it’s healthy
Depending on how old your kids are, you might be able to explain to them that brushing their teeth is a healthy thing to do. If you’ve raised them on healthier meals, this shouldn’t be too difficult a sale, either.
At the end of the day, you’ll need to help your kids through the first while of learning to brush their teeth. It will show them that it’s important, and something they shouldn’t overlook doing. If you have any questions, call us today at 801.282.1802.