There is something about brushing teeth that children often don’t like. It could be the fact that it is a routine that they are expected to complete twice a day, at the very least. Possibly it has to do with the taste or texture of toothpaste or how cold water feels on their teeth. Regardless of the reason, you have to encourage your children to brush their teeth.
At All Needs Dental we understand that it can be a challenge to get kids to brush their teeth, so we offer the following suggestions:
Shop Together For Children’s Dental Care Products
Your children’s toothbrush does not have to be the same type that you use. In fact, there are several fun children’s dental cleaning options available in the marketplace.
When your child gets to choose their own toothbrush from a selection that includes superheroes and comic book characters, you help them to see regular brushing as something other than a chore.
As for toothpaste, you are in luck if your toothpaste just doesn’t get your child excited about brushing. There are many different quality toothpastes that are available in fun and funky colours as well as great tasting flavours.
Your child will love that you let him or her pick out their dental care products and will want to use them.
Add Music To The Mix
Imagine the fun your child could have brushing their teeth and dancing in front of the bathroom mirror while listening to their favourite music. This is a trick that will not only make oral hygiene fun, but it will help you keep your child working on their dental care for longer than just a few moments. Add a kid’s toothbrush timer as an additional aid.
If you are teaching your child the importance of brushing and flossing for at least two minutes, music can be a great way for that time to pass without being noticed. You can download apps that have built-in timers that will play music as long as you desire. Set the timer to no less than two minutes and let your child enjoy their favourite song.
Give Them Some Guidance
As the head of your household you can take a proactive approach and help your child to learn the proper technique for brushing and flossing their teeth. This can begin before they reach school age. It also means that you may have to guide the toothbrush and control their hand so that your child learns the right way to do it.
You will have to follow the same procedure when teaching them how to floss correctly. If you brush and floss your own teeth daily at the same time, you will be teaching and leading by example which will have a positive impact on your child at a very early age.
Once your child’s brushing teeth oral hygiene routine becomes a habit, your child is more likely to carry this brushing and flossing habit into their adult life.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule
One of the most important tips related to your child’s oral hygiene is regular visits to a dentist. All Needs Dental is a family-friendly dental office in Burwood, and we look forward to your child’s first visits.
As part of the Children’s Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) funded by the Australian Government, you can qualify for financial assistance for basic dental treatment or services. Your child must be between the ages of 2 and 17.
If your child is eligible, he or she can receive $1,000 worth of dental care over a two-year period. The CDBS can be used on several dental services including but not limited to the following:
- Dental check-ups and cleaning
and more. Contact All Needs Dental for the details on this program.
Contact All Needs Dental For Your Children’s Dental Care
At All Needs Dental, we provide dentistry for children in the Inner West of Sydney. Our family-friendly team is here to assist you when you are working to get your children to brush their teeth.
To book your child’s appointment call us today on (02) 9744 2799.