Let’s be honest here getting your children to clean their teeth can be painstakingly dull in a morning. You might have the same routine where you ask, tell, and maybe even have to demand that they do it in time for the school run or weekend antics. Why is that? But it doesn’t seem to be a mystery that will be solved anytime soon. However, it doesn’t have to be so difficult to get them in the bathroom. With that in mind, here are some top tips for family dental care that should help you avoid all that morning drama. Let us know if they help!
Have regular dentist trips to normalize it
No one likes a visit to the dentist. Whether it’s the atmosphere or the smell of the office that puts you off it’s not a trip you enjoy. But the chances are your vibe will be rubbing off on your family. Regular dentist trips are so good for your overall dental hygiene. It enables you to ensure that nothing untoward is going on with your teeth. So try and make these trips more positive and explain the plus points to your children. Maybe even offer a reward or treat for good attendance. Stick to a schedule to avoid long periods between appointments.
Let children pick out their own brush
Sometimes the novelty of using a tool that they picked out is enough to encourage them and make them enthusiastic about the process. So take advantage of this approach and let your child pick out their own brush. Make it an exciting part of their day so that they want to use it each morning and night. These days toothbrushes can have favorite TV characters or color to entice your child’s imagination.
Go all digital when it comes to tooth brushing
The digital age has a lot to answer for, but with smartphones and tablets being able to download apps this is where you can use it to your advantage. There have been a number of apps developed to encourage children to brush their teeth. It may play a short video which will last the perfect length of time for healthy brushing. Or it could be engaging on the eye to keep their attention while they are brushing.
Don’t turn it into a chore
It’s increasingly difficult to not nag your children to brush their teeth. But sometimes this can have the opposite effect of what you are trying to achieve. Making your children less likely to even want to do it.
Talk about the positives of good dental care
Finally, talking about dental care and hygiene in a positive way is a great way to help your children understand the importance of dental care. They need to know that failing to do so can make them poorly in the long run. You don’t want to scare them, but understanding that it is important, rather than something they just have to do, could help encourage them to do it.
Let’s hope these tips help you avoid the morning drama of teeth brushing.