Dental hygiene habits that are instilled young can stay with your child for a lifetime. But how can you get your child excited about dental hygiene and dental care? Dr. Trace M. Lund & Kevin R. Markham and our team at Provo Pediatric Dental are thrilled to suggest some tips for making dental hygiene fun for your child!
To get your child excited about brushing and flossing, consider cleaning your teeth together. Make it a family event! Children mimic what they see their parents doing. Show your child proper brushing and flossing technique. This includes teaching them to brush their tongue by example. If they are too young to brush their teeth on their own, help them.
Have your child pick out their own toothbrush, or choose one for them that is colorful or that has your child’s favorite cartoon character on it. Make sure that the toothbrush has soft bristles and a head that is small enough to fit in all areas of your child’s mouth. If your son or daughter’s toothbrush is exciting, they will be more eager about brushing their teeth.
You may be surprised to learn that toothpaste can be exciting or fun for your child. Your child may not be excited about mint-flavored toothpaste, but he or she might race to the bathroom to brush if the toothpaste had a tasty flavor like strawberry or watermelon. Children’s toothpaste also comes in fun, bright colors or with sparkles.
For more tips and to set up an appointment with our dentist in Provo, Utah, feel free to contact our office at 801.373.4200 today.