Mind & Body
Tips for Getting Kids to Brush their Teeth Regularly
5/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

Kids Teeth

Parents often struggle with how to get their children to brush their teeth regularly. The good news is that for those parents who put in the effort, their kids will usually develop good oral hygiene habits. Summer is a good time for parents to focus on helping their children develop good daily brushing habits.

"It’s important for parents to start good oral hygiene habits with their children at a young age,” says Eric Sanders, DDS, with Sanders Pediatric Dentistry. "It may seem like a difficult task, but it’s important enough to keep working on. For most kids, the habits they develop in childhood are those they’ll continue into adulthood.”

Dr. Sanders provides the following tips to help your children learn good oral hygiene habits:

Teach your children why it is so important. Discuss the reasons why they need to brush regularly, so they know why they are doing it. Picture books on the subject can support the lessons.

Make it fun. When parents make brushing time fun, little kids are more likely to want to participate. Have a brushing song or fun routine that goes along with getting the job done each day.

Give them rewards. Kids love to get rewards, even if it’s a sticker added to their sticker chart. Once they meet their brushing goals, take them to the store to pick out a book. This will help reinforce the habit.

Praise their efforts. Rather than focus on where they fall short, keep it positive and congratulate them for their efforts. They can always go back and improve areas missed, but positive reinforcement goes a long way.

Keep them accountable. 

Until kids are around eight or nine years old, parents may need to supervise children to ensure proper brushing. It may be inconvenient, but establishing lifelong habits will benefit them greatly in the long run.

"The last thing parents want to do every morning and evening is argue with their kids about brushing their teeth,” adds Dr Sanders. "When you make a plan and stick to it, you’ll generally be more successful in getting them to form the brushing habit.”

For more information about children and dental hygiene, or to schedule an appointment, visit www.sanderspediatricdentistry.com or call (337) 433-5437.

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