Top 10 Tips to Get Your Children to Brush Their Teeth in Huntingdon County!

1. Start with a visit to your dentist. Here, the hygienist will teach your child the proper way to brush, using kid-friendly words. The hygienist will also use a disclosing solution to reveal exactly were the bacterial plaque is and can demonstrated how to remove it effectively.

2. Start a brushing routine early, early meaning as soon as they get teeth. Yes, age four to eight months, this will establish good oral hygiene and good hygiene habits.

 3. Let the little one pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste, or at least allow them to pick between two or three different kinds. This will make them feel more open to brushing. Remind them if they put up a struggle that they choose that cool toothbrush and awesome toothpaste, and help them brush.

 4. Use stickers or some other artwork, make little signs to put on your child’s plate a t mealtime and pillow at bedtime to remind them to brush. This will help you from constantly nagging about brushing.

5. Brush your teeth with your child. Children learn by example, be sure your child sees you brushing and flossing your own teeth every single day. It’s good for them and good for you!

6. Use a sand timer, this great because the child can see the amount of time they have to brush. It gets them a goal and a great sense of accomplishment with they are done.

7. Reward for good hygiene. Find that special thing that makes your child tick, it could be as simple as a kiss, a sticker, an extra book to read before bed, game time with Mom and Dad, or even extra snuggle time will make any little one melt. For the older children offer a reward for through brushing without you having to nag them, ask once. Again find that special thing that makes your child tick, and it will be different for each child. Great rewards are extra time to play games, watch T.V., talk on the phone, stay up a little later at night, rent a movie on the weekend, have a friend over, or even money if that will drive your child. Although use moderation with all rewards, extra time is 5 minutes not 1 hour and when using money twenty five cents a brushing is the going rate.

8. Consequences for poor oral hygiene are a good idea. Take away the rewards as easy as they were given.

9. Brush your pet’s teeth, and let your children help or at least watch. Not only does this reinforce the idea that clean teeth are important, it’s also good for your pet. Note Goldfish do not have teeth!

10. Make it fun. Sing a song while they brush, play music, dance, and make brushing something they what to do, not a chore.

For more questions or concerns about getting your child to brush regularly and to make an appointment please contact us or visit our website.  Smiles for Life Total Health Dentistry, office of Dr Jeffery Hartman at 814-643-9414, and our staff will be pleased to assist your needs.

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