9 Ways to Make Dental Hygiene Fun for Kids
It’s never too early to start good oral hygiene habits
2Baby teething tooth brushes
It might sound a bit silly to get your child a toothbrush before they’ve cut a tooth; but there are some excellent silicone ‘teether toothbrushes’ on the market that bubs just love. The silicone bristles are soft, and won’t damage gums, and bubs love the feeling of the bristles on their gummy smile. They can chew it like there’s no tomorrow as they teethe and get used to the concept of having a ‘brush’ in their mouth. One particular product that one of our parent patient swears by is the baby banana teether toothbrush, by Baby Tooth Land. Developed by an Australian Dental Hygienist, it’s dishwasher safe and a smash hit with the littles ones.
3Lead by example – bring your kids to your dental appointments
4Get down with a tooth brushing song
Make a song and dance about it – in a good way. There’s good reason 200 Aussies search the term “tooth brushing song” on Google every month. Kids love a singalong, melodies are their first language. Sprinkle a bit of song into your tooth brushing routine and be sure to brush your teeth along with them in the mirror as you do. Some experts recommend parents brush their children’s teeth up to ages 5 or 6 to ensure a thorough clean; but we think the kids should be having a go first, and you finish the job if need be. This tooth brushing song is a chart topper for frustrated parents at the moment. We’re sorry this will get stuck in your head all night; but it’s for a good cause…enjoy!
5Collect tasty toothpaste and funky brushes
6Make a game of it
7Bribe them, but not with treats
8Keep your cool, keep it positive and make sure it doesn’t feel like punishment
9Choose an excellent family-friendly dentist.
We all want the best for our children
Parents have the toughest job in the world. Doing everything you can to ensure your child develops a positive association with dental care can set them up for a dazzling smile for life.
Dental anxiety is very common with 10-15% of patients avoiding the dentist because of fear and anxiety. This fear is often developed from childhood and can worsen over time. Avoiding the dentist can be costly in more ways than one. It almost always leads to dental health neglect, and a vicious cycle that typically means more time spent at the dentist, with painful and costly complications.
If you yourself experience dental anxiety and your fears might be holding you back from setting the best example for your child, we can help enable you to overcome that fear. Dental technology and techniques have come a very long way in recent years, and we genuinely care about your overall wellbeing. Allow us to help you restore trust in your dentist and in developing confident oral health care habits for yourself, and your family.