Innovative Tricks For Encouraging Your Kids To Care For Their Oral Health

Children can be very difficult when it comes to oral hygiene. Some kids rush trough brushing so that they can get back to play. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing are essential when it comes to oral health care, so it shouldn't be skimped. Here are a few tips and tricks to help your children brush and regularly floss:

Involve Technology

Most kids of today love gadgets and technology in general. Therefore, you can help them develop a liking for oral hygiene by incorporating technology products in the process. For example, you can do this by availing:

  • An electric toothbrush
  • Water flossers
  • Oral irrigators
  • Power flossers
  • Automatic toothpaste dispenser

Provide Toy-Themed Dental Instruments

Even if your children aren't into technology, they probably appreciate toys. You can also take advantage of this by providing them with toy-themed brushing, flossing and washing instruments. For example, you can buy them toothbrushes with pictures of their favorite cartoon characters. You can even take it a step further to incorporate cartoons and toys in your bathroom; for example, a fish-shaped faucet would be a hit with most children.

Help Them Visualize a Dirty Mouth

Some children don't like brushing or flossing because they don't appreciate just how dirty the mouth can get. Help such kids by helping them to visualize the amount of crud in their mouths. A good way of doing this is to use plaque-discoloring oral hygiene products that highlight areas with plaque.  A further advantage of this trick is that it helps the children to improve their teeth brushing techniques because it shows them the hard to reach sections of the teeth.

Make It Playful

Most children love playing, but few of them like chores. Therefore, making the tooth brushing and flossing sessions playful, instead of chore-like, can awaken their interest in the activity. You can do this in several ways such as:

  • Telling stories while they brush
  • Listening to playful song while flossing
  • Encouraging them to make as many bubbles as possible while brushing

There are no hard and fast rules here – the main thing is to choose something that your child likes, and you can do with ease.

A combination of these tricks and tips will help to awaken your child's interest in oral care. He or she might not appreciate the importance of keeping the teeth clean. However, as long as he or she does it regularly and well, he or she will definitely reap the benefits. Talk to your child's dentist for more information.