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Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Dental Hygiene



Dental Hygiene is important if you want to avoid major dental work and painful surgeries in the future. With today’s technology, maintaining good dental hygiene is easier than ever. But in order to promote a lifetime of good dental habits, parents must start early and teach their children how to take care of their teeth and mouth. There are many ways to teach your kids about dental hygiene, but the main idea to keep in mind is to keep it fun. The more kids enjoy keeping their mouth clean, the more likely they’ll be to keep it up in the future.

The first and most obvious principle of dental hygiene to teach your children is to brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening. The best way to get kids in the habit of brushing is to make it a bedtime and a morning time routine. Many parents do it together with their kids, as a time for bonding and to teach their children by example. Consider investing in a toothbrush with your child’s favorite cartoon character on the end. Some parents even allow their child to choose their own toothbrush at the grocery store. The toothpaste can be fun as well; there are a wide variety of flavors and colors for your child to choose from. Just make sure it includes tartar protection.

Once you’ve got your child brushing twice a day, it’s time to make sure they are doing it right. Brushing your teeth, although easy and thoughtless for an adult can be a challenge for a child’s tiny hands. Parents need to teach their children to brush using back and forth and up and down motions. Be sure to teach your child to brush both sides, and even the gums as that can be a major source of plaque. Finally, the tongue also needs a good brush before you’re finished. Teaching a child to be this thorough can be daunting, but luckily there are some products out there to make it more fun. Many parents use as special mouthwash after brushing which latches onto and colors any leftover plaque in a child’s mouth. Many are bright colors like green or purple. This can be a great way to get your kids brushing thoroughly.  If you have more than one child, you can even have a competition to determine who the more thorough brusher was.

Finally, you should teach your kids to floss. This can be difficult as many kids don’t enjoy flossing, but it isn’t impossible. For many parents it is best to take their child to the dental hygienist who can instruct and show their child how to floss correctly. This experience is exciting for a child and can make them feel more responsible having been given this task by a professional. Allowing your child to choose the floss they want at the grocery store is another way to get them excited about flossing.

Evan Fischer is a contributing writer for Best Masters in Education, where you can browse through the top online masters in education programs to find the right school for you.

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