In our last blog post, Dr. Aerni began a discussion on the dental hygiene habits of children. Unfortunately, one major issue that many parents face is getting their children to brush twice per day for two minutes at a time. In addition to this, it is important that your children are brushing with proper technique! Your dentist can offer some tips on proper brushing technique. You can see what Colgate says about proper brushing technique, here.
Below, Dr. Aerni lists a few tips to help your children brush longer and more often to improve their dental hygiene.
Let your children choose their toothpaste.
It is rare that your children have the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. If you give your children this choice, they will likely take more ownership over the decision, and take more pride in using what they chose. Letting your child pick their toothpaste is good, but make sure they are choosing a brand that will give results, and make sure they are using the proper amount of toothpaste. Remember: Children do not need to use as much toothpaste as adults, as their mouth and teeth are much smaller.
Let your children brush with their stuffed animal or blanket.
Your children have a significant bond with their favorite stuffed animal or blanket. These items provide them with comfort and a sense of normalcy. After all, your children probably sleep with a blanket or stuffed animal, take them in the car, and to grandma and grandpa’s house, so why not let them bring these items while they brush? In addition to providing comfort, stuffed animals spark children’s imagination and may help them brush longer.
Buy your children an electric toothbrush.
Your children probably get bored while they brush. Due to this, they probably won’t want to brush twice per day or for two minutes at a time. However, if you buy your children electric toothbrushes, brushing can become more fun as they get to use something that is “motorized.” Using an electric toothbrush will also help your children make up for poor technique.
Dr. Aerni also recommends introducing music while your children brush. If you reserve one of your child’s favorite songs for brushing time, it will cause them to want to brush more often and longer, so they can listen to one of their favorite tunes!
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