Whether hitting a baseball, making a promise to a friend or taking your child to the dentist, everyone knows that the most important step in any action is to make sure to have a great follow-through.
So, your child has seen the dentist and received a lot of instructions about his or her lifetime commitment to oral hygiene, and now you’ve arrived back home and are faced with the daunting task of following up on all of the great instructions your dentist has just laid out to your child in hopes of keeping him or her cavity-free.
As a family dental practice, Midtown Dentistry often help families set up an oral hygiene program that encourages children to develop long-lasting habits to take proper care of their teeth.
By having a positive attitude with lots of self-motivating rewards. Here are a few tips to help your family along the way:
Being a positive example – developing your own satisfying personal morning and evening oral hygiene routine before helping your child develop his or her own routine can go far in reinforcing this important behavior.
Creative brushing – since children can have a hard time comprehending the time it takes to complete a task, and since the recommended time for a child to brush his or her teeth is two minutes, sometimes the following can go a long way to teach this important lesson:
- sing, with your child, a two-minute song, like “The ABC Song,” or a couple of rounds of “The Happy Birthday Song,” (one round for the top teeth and another round for the bottom teeth), or “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”
- use an app — fortunately, in this day and age, there are several apps available that can entertain your child into developing a solid oral hygiene habit. These apps include:
- a smart toothbrush that tracks how long, how often and how well your child’s teeth are brushed
- the Kolibree Magik toothbrush that syncs your phone with your child’s toothbrush and lets him or her experience what it would be like to be a deep sea diver or a princess.
- using a fun timer, like a cooking timer, or even an old hourglass timer can help
- a Firefly toothbrush is also fun, as it lights up for 60 seconds at a time.
- use a fun timer your child will look forward to hearing “ding” or use an old-time hourglass timer, so he or she can watch the time pass
Early checkups – the sooner your child can get a pediatric checkup, the healthier and more problem-free their teeth will be, which is key to helping them learn all the rewards from making and keeping their oral exam appointment. Painful cavities can be avoided, which can lead to difficulty concentrating in school and other medical issues. Children love being pain-free and being able to chew food with fun and delight, as well as having a smile they can be proud of.
For more information on how you can help you family create a fun, lifetime program of caring for his or her teeth, contact Midtown Dentistry today at 918.743.8539.