Greetings, Panama City! It’s time for another blog from the office of Panama City Smiles. We love using this online forum to keep you abreast of the important issues and concerns relating to family dentistry and oral health. Part of our mission is help you, the people and families of Panama City, FL, take better care of your teeth and gums at home. The more you can do to keep your teeth healthy, the more your teeth will do to keep you healthy.
In some of our previous blogs, we presented an overview of oral concerns for each member of the family, from babies to grandparent. Continuing in this vein, we are going to focus this blog on ways to get your children engaged more actively engaged in taking care of their teeth. In other words, we’re going to give you some ideas on how to make brushing more fun!
Instilling strong oral hygiene habits into your children is one of the most important things you can do to protect their health. And the younger you can get them started on it, the better. The problem is brushing can be tedious and boring, especially for a child who doesn’t understand its value. While you could simply “make” your children brush their teeth, this could backfire when they get older. If they see brushing as a chore, rather than a healthy habit, then they are more likely to abandon the routine when they are on their own.
The trick is to combine the boring activity with one your children enjoy, so they will come to associate oral hygiene with something fun and exciting. Here are some ideas on how to do just that.
Music Makes Everything Fun!
There’s nothing like a great song to get things going. So, add some music to the oral hygiene mix and you’ll have your kids dancing their way to the bathroom sink. An uptempo song will give them a beat to brush along to, so they could actually brush more thoroughly by brushing along to music. The song also works as a timer to make make sure your kids are brushing long enough.
Make sure to stop your children short of actually dancing while they brush. It’s probably not safe for them to bee-bop around with a toothbrush in their mouths.
Play Some Games!
Making oral hygiene into a game is a wonderful way to get your kids excited about taking care of their teeth and gums. Simon Says lends itself nicely to this situation because it basically a game built around telling kids what to do. You can use the mechanics of Simon Says to instruct your kids on proper brushing technique, all while playing a fun game.
A quick round of animal charades will get your kids brushing like a beast, literally. In this game, your kids pretend to be their favorite animals while brushing their teeth, and you try to guess the animal. Not only will this method be fun for the kids, it also allows you to monitor their brushing technique under the guise of playing a game.
Get Some Colorful Brushes!
The next time you see a good deal on toothbrushes, stock up on them in as many different colors as you can find. Now your kids can use the brushes to color code their oral hygiene routine. Have them assign a color to each day of the week, and when it’s time to brush, they need to choose the brush that goes with whatever day it is. This is especially helpful for preschool aged kids who are trying to learn color names and the days of the week. Why not add a little education to your children’s oral health care?
Make Regular Visits to Panama City Smiles
Cleanings and examinations at our office in Panama City, FL will keep your children’s teeth and gums healthy, while at the same time helping them become comfortable in a dental chair.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.