Trying to get your kids to brush their teeth on a regular basis, the right way, for the right amount of time can be a huge challenge. For some, it is a fight every single day. This can become quite tiring. It can also lead to your kids not getting their teeth clean, which may result in cavities or other oral problems. The good news is, there are a number of tips you can use – straight from the tooth fairy – to help make proper dental hygiene not only fun but something that your kids actually want to do willingly.
Be Sure Proper Oral Hygiene is Taught Early in Life
While most kids will not begin to lose their baby teeth until they turn six, it is still a good idea to introduce the Tooth Fairy early on. Doing this will help them become excited about caring for their teeth properly and brushing and flossing on a regular basis. The tooth fairy doesn’t only come to collect your baby teeth but also know how often and how long you brush, so make sure to do a good job everyday twice a day, and don’t forget to floss!
Presents and Money are Motivators that Work
While the tooth fairy is beloved by kids mainly due to the monetary rewards she provides for lost teeth, there are other ways to take advantage of the tooth fairy’s message. Rather than just leaving money, the tooth fairy can also leave small presents, such as a new toothbrush or toothpaste. These items will help encourage good oral health and your kids will be excited to use them because they are from the tooth fairy.
Make Dental Care Fun
While this may seem like a bit of an impossible statement, there are a number of ways you can make keeping kid’s teeth healthy and problem-free. You can purchase a toothbrush that plays music or lights up, these can make brushing more fun and ensure they are brushing for the proper amount of time.
There is another option to make oral health more fun for kids. Did you know there are now a number of mobile apps that can actually bring the tooth fairy to life? While not all of them are going to promote oral hygiene directly, if you take the time to teach your children about the Tooth Fairy and help motivate
them to take better care of their teeth!
Get Excited about Visiting your Oral Health Team at Blue Valley Smiles
At Blue Valley Smiles we strive to make your appointments as comfortable and fun as possible for patients young to old! If you as the parent are excited about your dental visits and make an effort to display that to your children they will follow suit. Tell them about how much you love to get your teeth cleaned and how they will be all bright, shiny and white when the dentist uses his special toothbrush with extra care. We love having kids into our office and giving them a fun experience. They often get to pick a movie to watch during your appointment and will get a brand new toothbrush of their choosing, any toy they want from the toy box and a warm chocolate chip cookie at the end of their visit.
The Bottom Line
Proper oral hygiene for kids is not impossible and can be fun. With the tips here you can make the process of brushing and flossing easier and more fun for your kids. Take some time to review these tips and begin implementing them with your children today. This will help make oral hygiene easier for you and your kids and help them keep white and healthy teeth throughout their life. They will also help to reduce the issues and problems that can arise from improperly cared for teeth.