Teaching young children to improve their dental health by practicing daily oral care habits is very important but not always easy. Children need to have a solid foundation of healthy habits so that their developing oral health isn’t impeded by cavities, gum disease or other dental problems. Our team is pleased to offer helpful tips on prompting children to brush and floss their teeth every day.
If you are struggling to encourage twice-daily tooth brushing for your child, there are ways to make this habit fun, such as providing your child with a fun and colorful toothbrush and choosing a toothpaste flavor that your child enjoys.
Flossing is more challenging for children because of their smaller mouths and limited dexterity. In the early years, you will need to clean your child’s teeth, and you can do so by using your pinky fingers as spools for the floss string to maintain your grip as you clean each tooth. Tracking your child’s progress in daily habits by using a chart and fun stickers can instill in them a sense of pride as they see how far they have come in their efforts.
The older your child gets, the more responsibility they should take one with their teeth cleanings, and floss sticks may be a helpful tool. To encourage your child not to jam the string into their gums and cause irritation, you can use waxed dental floss to enhance the movement of the string.
Contact Southwest Dental LLC at 801-685-3429 today to arrange an appointment with our dentist to discuss your child’s oral health in Taylorsville, Utah. Drs. Victor Pickett, Nick Rudelich, Curtis Condie, and Luke Rudelich look forward to helping your family’s smiles thrive!