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Make It a Game
Kids love playing games. If you can turn brushing
into a fun experience, they’ll be more likely to do
it. Have your child pretend to be a dentist, race
him or her to the sink, or pretend you don’t know
what a toothbrush does.
Brush Together
Your children may enjoy mimicking you, so be
sure to model good behavior by brushing your
teeth alongside them. Making it a family activity
helps instill good habits.
Let Them Choose
Their Toothbrushes
Your dentist probably already gives you free
ones, but your kids may be more inclined to
brush if they get to choose their own toothbrush.
Sometimes the presence of a favorite cartoon
character or color is enough to motivate them.
Be Positive
Whenever your children brush their teeth, make
sure you give them some positive reinforcement.
A few words of encouragement will let them
know they’re on the right track.
Start As Early
As Possible
The earlier your kids get in the habit of
brushing twice a day, the better. As soon as
they’re able to hold a toothbrush by
themselves, have them practice.
Watch Your Language
Kids pay more attention to what you say than
you might think. That’s why it’s important to
avoid words such as “pain” or “shot” when
talking to them about the dentist. Be honest,
but don’t use any phrases that might make
them more nervous.
Act It Out
Playing dentist with your child can help him or
her become less scared about going because he
or she will know what to expect. Take turns as the
patient, or let your kid put a favorite stuffed toy or
doll in the chair.
Don’t Bribe
You might be tempted to offer a treat or reward
for going to the dentist, but this can backfire. It
could reinforce the idea that the appointment is
something unpleasant or dangerous. Instead, play
up the fact that going will help keep your kids
healthy and strong.
Be Ready for a Fight
Don’t be surprised if your child throws a tantrum
upon arriving at the dentist’s office. Try to remain
calm and model good behavior until he or she
gains composure. Giving in to a crying toddler’s
demands only brings a moment of peace, until
the next time.
Emphasize the Dentist
As a Helper
You’re already telling your kids that it’s important
to take care of their teeth. As part of this, you
should remind them of the role your dentist plays.
Let your children know it’s the dentist’s job to
make sure they’re doing everything to keep their
mouth healthy.
Teaching Your Children
Good Oral Hygiene
Teaching kids how to take care of their teeth
can be challenging for numerous reasons, but
it’s important so they can avoid health issues
later in life. Here are some tips you can use to
help them start healthy habits.
Encouraging Your Kids
to Brush at Home
Preparing Your Kids for
the Dentist’s Office
sycamorehillsdentistry.com

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Teaching Your Children Good Oral Hygiene

  • 1. Make It a Game Kids love playing games. If you can turn brushing into a fun experience, they’ll be more likely to do it. Have your child pretend to be a dentist, race him or her to the sink, or pretend you don’t know what a toothbrush does. Brush Together Your children may enjoy mimicking you, so be sure to model good behavior by brushing your teeth alongside them. Making it a family activity helps instill good habits. Let Them Choose Their Toothbrushes Your dentist probably already gives you free ones, but your kids may be more inclined to brush if they get to choose their own toothbrush. Sometimes the presence of a favorite cartoon character or color is enough to motivate them. Be Positive Whenever your children brush their teeth, make sure you give them some positive reinforcement. A few words of encouragement will let them know they’re on the right track. Start As Early As Possible The earlier your kids get in the habit of brushing twice a day, the better. As soon as they’re able to hold a toothbrush by themselves, have them practice. Watch Your Language Kids pay more attention to what you say than you might think. That’s why it’s important to avoid words such as “pain” or “shot” when talking to them about the dentist. Be honest, but don’t use any phrases that might make them more nervous. Act It Out Playing dentist with your child can help him or her become less scared about going because he or she will know what to expect. Take turns as the patient, or let your kid put a favorite stuffed toy or doll in the chair. Don’t Bribe You might be tempted to offer a treat or reward for going to the dentist, but this can backfire. It could reinforce the idea that the appointment is something unpleasant or dangerous. Instead, play up the fact that going will help keep your kids healthy and strong. Be Ready for a Fight Don’t be surprised if your child throws a tantrum upon arriving at the dentist’s office. Try to remain calm and model good behavior until he or she gains composure. Giving in to a crying toddler’s demands only brings a moment of peace, until the next time. Emphasize the Dentist As a Helper You’re already telling your kids that it’s important to take care of their teeth. As part of this, you should remind them of the role your dentist plays. Let your children know it’s the dentist’s job to make sure they’re doing everything to keep their mouth healthy. Teaching Your Children Good Oral Hygiene Teaching kids how to take care of their teeth can be challenging for numerous reasons, but it’s important so they can avoid health issues later in life. Here are some tips you can use to help them start healthy habits. Encouraging Your Kids to Brush at Home Preparing Your Kids for the Dentist’s Office sycamorehillsdentistry.com