5 Bite-sized Tips; How To Get Kids Excited About Oral Health

5 Bite-sized Tips; How To Get Kids Excited About Oral Health
Posted on 05/03/2017

 

This month we wanted to share from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry information on how to get kids excited about oral health as follows:

Most parents know that kids should brush twice a day for two minutes each time, but that can be easier said than done. It can be challenging to get children in the routine of brushing their teeth. Below are a few fun ideas to get your kids excited about brushing their teeth in order to keep those pesky Mouth Monsters away.

1.  Start a routine and stick with it: It can be tempting to skip brushing your child’s teeth (or your     own teeth) after a long day, or perhaps even when you are running late in the morning. However,     the more consistent you are, the more likely they are to stick with the routine.

2. Make it fun with the Mouth Monsters: Tooth D.K., Ginger Bite-Us and Tartar the Terrible     present a fun way to talk to your kids about tooth decay and why brushing is important to keep     the Mouth Monsters away. Download the Mouth Monster mini posters from the AAPD site that     you can hang up on the bathroom mirror as a reminder, and check out “Denty Land,” a fun and     interactive game full of great tips for parents and kids.

3.  Let little ones show off: Parents should supervise brushing until age 7 or 8 to make sure kids     are doing a thorough job. In the early years, take advantage of little ones’ growing sense of     independence and let them show YOU their tooth-brushing prowess before you help out. Check     out the tip sheet on the AAPD website with additional age-appropriate guidance.

4. Tooth-brushing tunes: Two minutes can seem like an eternity to a child. To help pass the     time and make it fun, play one of their favorite songs on your phone, sing a song or even     make up a song for two minutes.

5.  Practice makes perfect: If your child has a favorite doll or stuffed animal, you could have them     pretend to brush their doll’s teeth, too – good oral health is important for everyone!