Teaching Oral Health Habits in a Fun Way

Posted on June 3, 2014 in Children’s Oral Health

When you think of the month of June, many things come to mind; summer time, warm weather, cookouts, swimming and more. Could all of these fun activities have played a part in June being recognized as National Smile Month? We may never know, but we do know it's a happy coincidence!

National Smile Month is a great opportunity to teach your children oral health habits in a fun way. Check out these tricks and tips for your child to enjoy brushing and flossing well beyond summertime.

Fun toothbrush and toothbrush holder:

There are plenty of great dental gadgets nowadays that promote oral health in a fun way. Kids can enjoy character toothbrushes, and a toothbrush holder provides a sanitary storage spot. Remember: just add a small dab of toothpaste to the brush, as a little can go a long way.

Trade places:

Are you tired of prying your way in whenever it's time to brush those little teeth? Why not reverse roles and let your child brush yours? It's a fun way for them to learn the correct way to brush. Just don't share a toothbrush!

Take turns:

Set a timer and have your child brush for one minute. Then reset the time and brush their teeth for the final minute.

Call in reinforcements:

If children stubbornly neglect to brush or floss, maybe it's time to change the messenger. Call the dental office before the next checkup and let them know what's going on. Kids might heed the same motivational message if it comes from a third party, especially the dentist.

For additional tips to help keep children's teeth healthy during National Smile Month and all year long, visit the Dentist by 1 website.