How to Help My Kids Build Good Dental Habits

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Teaching your child good dental hygiene can help them throughout their entire life. It’s not always easy to teach your child a new life skill though. Here are some simple tips to help your child build good dental habits.

1. Set a Good Example

Show your child that you have a good attitude about eating a balance diet, routinely visiting the dentist, and brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Be sure to brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss at least once a day.

2. Make Their Oral Care Routine Fun

A dental care routine can get boring for kids, so try making it more enjoyable for them. If they look forward to it, they are more likely to stick with it! Try listening to their favorite music, brush and floss teeth together as a family, and let them choose a cushy bath mat.

3. Choose Child-Friendly Dental Tools

Another way to help your child look forward to their dental care routine (or at least dread it less!) is to choose child-friendly dental products. Have your child pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste flavor. Many children’s toothbrushes are made with cartoon characters, lights, or even have singing voices.

4. Reward Consistent Oral Hygiene Habits

Give your child an inexpensive toy, sticker, or some other small reward when they consistently maintain good dental habits. You could also take your child on a special outing, like going to the park or on a picnic, after their dental visit.

5. Make Regular Dental Appointments

When children are familiar with the dental office environment, it becomes less scary for them. Choose a dentist that is experienced working with children, like Dr. Sullivan, who can put them at ease.

Kids’ Dentistry at Sullivan Family Dental

At Sullivan Family Dental, we prioritize your child’s safety and comfort. Our caring and gentle team will do all we can to help your child have a positive experience at our office. Contact us today to schedule your child’s next appointment!