We’ve all heard that brushing your teeth is an essential part of good oral health care. After all, we’ve probably been hearing the same thing since we were children. It’s ingrained in our collective minds to brush and floss at least twice per day to keep teeth clean. But it can be difficult to convince our kiddos to keep to a routine.

If you find that your child is constantly complaining about brushing their teeth, or if they simply forget, then we have a few tips that you can try out to help integrate flossing and tooth-brushing into your child’s daily routine. Try out our tips below, and be sure to stop by every six months to keep your child’s teeth clean with a regular dental checkup!

Reward Good Behavior

Do you find that your tot complains every time you tell them to brush? If brushing seems like too much of a chore for your child, then it may be worthwhile to incentivize brushing. Consider offering your kiddo some “screen time” every time they brush, so that they can play their favorite game or watch their favorite show. Or, create a calendar with check boxes for morning and nighttime brushing, and offer up a grand prize if they hit all (or most) of the boxes. Using an incentive can help to make brushing and flossing fun, and it may aid your kiddo in forming a healthy habit that can last a lifetime.

Brush Together

Our children take after us, and they look up to us. If you’re struggling to teach your child daily brushing and flossing habits, then brush and floss with them. Your kiddo will catch on to the right techniques, and they’ll mimic you (especially since every child wants to be an adult). Show your kids the importance of good oral hygiene by practicing it yourself. Brush and floss together day and night, and teach your child to take care of each and every tooth.

Start Early

Good cleaning habits should start early! Children should begin to have their teeth cleaned, with your help of course, as early as a year old (or whenever teeth begin to break through a child’s gums). Brush your child’s teeth for them until they are old enough to do so on their own. At around two years old, your child may be able to brush on their own, be sure to supervise, since brushing your teeth can present a choking hazard.

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Pair good brushing and flossing routines with regular checkups and professional cleanings to ensure that your child has strong teeth and gums. Feel free to schedule an appointment at a Love to Smile office today! Love to Smile now has three conveniently located dental offices in Lenexa, Overland Park, and Peculiar.