As a parent, you want the best for your kids. You do everything you can to help them avoid some of the issues you have worked through in your life. One of the best ways to help your kids succeed in the various areas of life is to get them started with positive habits as early as possible. Good oral hygiene is one of the habits that parents work hard to help their kids establish. Every person needs to develop good oral hygiene habits to protect their oral health throughout life. If you can help your kids build a positive relationship with oral hygiene now it can put them on a path for good oral health that lasts a lifetime.
Make brushing and flossing fun
Good oral care does not have to be a battle with your kids every morning and every night. If you struggle to get your kids to brush and floss, try to make the process fun. Tie the process of brushing and flossing to something your kids like or enjoy. Do your kids have a favorite silly song? Play that song while your kids brush and floss to make the process fun and help them learn how long to brush. Something as simple as listening to a favorite song can transform brushing and flossing time from a battle into a time of day to enjoy.
Set a positive example of oral care
If you have a positive relationship with oral hygiene your kids will notice. Setting a positive example of oral care is an important part of helping your kids buy into the idea of good oral hygiene. Do your kids ever see you floss or brush? If you typically floss and brush before the kids get up and after they go to bed, make a point of changing up the timing. Allowing your kids to see that you make brushing and flossing a priority can impact how they feel about the process.
Build a good relationship with the dentist
Building a good relationship with the dentist is an essential part of your kids developing a positive relationship with oral hygiene. A big part of developing a good relationship with the dentist is actually getting your kids to their appointments. Make it a priority to always schedule and make it to routine dental appointments for your kids. Familiarity with the dentist and the process are important to building a good relationship with the dentist. You can also lead by example and show your kids that you also go to routine dental care visits. If you help your kids build a good relationship with the dentist, they can avoid issues like fear of the dentist in adulthood.
It is possible to help your kids build a good relationship with oral hygiene – even if they currently fight you every step of the way. The keys are to start as early as possible and be consistent in your efforts. At Coral West Dental, we love working with patients of all ages and want to be part of helping your kids develop a positive relationship with oral hygiene.