One of the more challenging lessons to teach your kids is the value of oral health care. Few kids enjoy brushing their teeth, let alone flossing or using mouthwash. So how can you help your kids have better oral health?
Of course, you know how valuable good oral hygiene is for your healthy teeth and gums, and how without it, you’d be in a different boat altogether. However, it’s hard to impress that on young children. Luckily, these tips from our experienced dentists will help you understand how to get your kids excited about oral health care.
Make it fun
One of the best things you can do, as recommended by Dr. Armand Begian, is to make oral health care at home a fun, enjoyable exercise. Don’t focus on making it something that’s forced to be done; instead, make a game of it. For example, you can offer prizes to the kids who can brush and floss the longest without being reminded. Simple incentives like that often add up to make a big difference in how kids experience the task.
Bring them in often
Another thing you can do for their good oral health is to make sure your kids come see the team here at Sugarbug Dental & Orthodontics in Oxnard, California, on a regular basis. They should be seeing us every six months from the time they’re one, or after they get their first tooth – whichever happens first. This makes the dentist’s office seem like a normal part of life, instead of a rarely-visited, intimidating place.
All of this adds up to ensuring your kids achieve the best oral health possible. This sets them up for better health for the rest of their lives while saving for bills that might be needed to pay for more immediate oral health care needs like fillings and crowns.
If you would like to learn more tips about better oral health for your kids or to make an appointment, please give us a call today at (805) 985-2400. We are happy to help your child get the best dental treatment for their smile!