Parents all over the world struggle to get their kids to brush and floss the right way. Sure, one trip to a mothers and toddlers group will reveal different parents saying their kids are absolute angels when it comes to brushing their teeth, but they are probably lying. Just see these parents for who they really are: incredibly insecure about their ability to raise children because they believe making mistakes is not acceptable. This could make you feel as if there is absolutely no point to teaching your kids to brush and flush. This is absolutely not the case. You must make sure that your children start to understand how important oral hygiene actually is. So what are some of the tips out there to actually make sure this is achieved? All you really need to do is make sure that oral hygiene is not just a routine, but that it is fun as well.
Looking firstly at brushing, you must understand when and how often kids should brush their teeth. You must make sure they brush and flush twice a day. Naturally, this is something that will have to come through your own perseverance. However, you can also allow them some ownership of the experience. For instance, allow your kids to choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste. In order to make sure they brush long enough, you could decide to use an egg timer. While you’re out shopping with your child for their toothbrush and toothpaste, make sure that they are also allowed to pick their own egg timer, which they can then set before they start brushing. You can use books, magazines and great YouTube videos to show your children what the proper brushing techniques are. What child doesn’t want to be just like the character from their favorite book, or like a YouTube poster after all?
Flossing is another issue that must be resolved. Flossing is designed to make sure that all the areas that a toothbrush can’t reach are still cleaned. Funnily enough, getting your kids to floss is generally not all that difficult. It is their opportunity to put some wire in their mouth, something they would otherwise be incapable of doing. Also, kids find it very funny that the flossing wire actually has a strange flavor. Make sure that, just as with brushing, your kids make flossing their own. Again, they should choose their own floss and you should also encourage them to personalize their floss, so that nobody accidentally grabs theirs. There will be many days where you will find it incredibly hard to get your kids to brush and floss every day, but you need to persevere and understand that any time they do it is a victory.