At Northpark Dental, we understand the importance of healthy teeth and beautiful smiles, and we love attending to our youngest patients’ oral health needs as they grow. In fact, seeing a young patient happily sharing their healthy grin is the most rewarding experience for any pediatric dentist. And the routine dental visits where we get to evaluate young patients’ oral health are vital.
However, a child’s at-home oral hygiene routine is also essential, and we understand the difficulty of caring for your child’s teeth at home. Children are often resistant to regular tooth brushing and flossing, but we’ve found several helpful methods for making young children more enthusiastic about their oral hygiene routine.
1. Make Brushing and Flossing Fun
If you make the brushing and flossing routine fun and lighthearted, your child may be more inclined to participate without complaint. One way you can make the experience more enjoyable is by allowing your child to choose their toothbrush, picking out a color, design, or theme that they love.
2. Create a Reward System
Whether the reward is big or small, a reward system may encourage your child to adhere to their oral hygiene routine. Keep track of every time your child completes their oral hygiene routine with a gold star. When you reach a certain number of gold stars, you can reward your child with a treat, like a movie, a healthy snack, or a visit to the park.
3. Use a Song for Timing
To ensure that your child brushes for the correct amount of time, pick a song that they like that’s about 2 minutes long (the appropriate amount of time for brushing) and play it while they brush their teeth. This makes the experience better and makes timing their brushing easy for you.
Kid-Friendly Dentist in Urbandale
We provide pediatric dentistry in Urbandale, and we would love to help your little one achieve excellent oral health so that they can maintain a healthy smile into adulthood.
We are also always happy to provide care tips for your child’s teeth and gums in between your dental visits. If you have any questions for our friendly dental team about how to best care for your child’s teeth, don’t hesitate to ask. We’re only a phone call away!