Turn It Up
Our busy lives are filled with responsibilities. Pretty soon, we hope, that our four- year old will be brushing and flossing on their own. We have so much to do and seem to be always rushing out the door. But it’s important for us to turn up our level of commitment to our children. Here are four ways to make sure your child is brushing and flossing correctly to decrease the number one childhood disease in America - decay.
1. Brush to music for two minutes. Just two minutes a day is all it takes to make sure your child is attacking the plaque and bacteria. Turn on some music and dance with them while they are brushing. You can also brush your teeth at the same time. Make it a family fun time instead of a dreaded time.
2. Buy toothpaste that they love. “Buy a toothpaste in a flavor that they love and then watch them enjoy brushing time,” says Dr.Cameron Fuller. Purchasing a flavor of toothpaste they want can help increase their desire to brush.
3. Buy a toothbrush that fits their mouth correctly. The size of the toothbrush should be able to comfortably reach the backs of their teeth, but should not be too big or too small.
4. Make a smiley face chart for all family members. When someone is done brushing they get a smiley face. At the end of the week if everyone brushed their teeth for the week, go to the park together or play a game. Do something fun that doesn’t cost money and enjoy the added reward of less money spent on dental visits.
For more ideas on how to get your kids to brush, contact Dr.Fuller & his team today.