One of the biggest challenges a parent has to face is getting their kids into routines. Yes, it’s long, it’s boring, and kids aren’t always willing to cooperate. But it must be done! Go, mums! Go, dads! You can do it!
Let’s talk about teeth! As you know teeth are a vital part of your child’s development and introducing the habit early on will ease them into healthier future routines. Here are some pointers to get you started.
First things first, introducing the toothbrush. Even if your kids don’t have teeth yet, you can still present it to them. As we all know once they start teething they love putting things in their mouths so this works especially well for a toothbrush. Try opting for their favourite colours or cartoon characters to add into the fun!
Set The Example
Children often copy their parents so what better way for them to start brushing their teeth than to watch you do it? It’s a very subtle but effective way. By allowing your kids watch your routine every day will get them curious and want to try it out for themselves.
They Start, You Finish
Kids feel more compelled to do things when you allow them to do it for themselves. You know how they start to rebel, “Mummy, I want to do it all by myself.” Cute isn’t it? Though there are some things that you really must do for them but in this case, you can let them have a go first. Once they’re done, you can help them finish up brushing properly.
The tricky part of teaching them how to brush their teeth is explaining when to spit and avoid swallowing. This will take some time so it’s best to use a children’s toothpaste as these are safe in case they’re swallowed. Just make sure the toothpaste has fluoride as this ingredient is essential to harden tooth enamel and prevent decay. Also, make sure to smear a tiny amount all over the toothbrush to avoid a clump falling into the sink and make sure the toothpaste makes contact will all the teeth.
By following these steps, you can help ease your kids into this habit and they’ll be brushing their own teeth in no time! Remember prevention is very important. Even though they begin with baby/milk teeth, it doesn’t mean they won’t feel the pain of cavities. As you know once the adult teeth kick in, that’s it! Once a tooth is damaged it can never be the same again. Also, don’t forget to visit a dentist as soon as most of your child’s teeth have come in. Keep them kids happy and smiling!
Did you find these tips helpful? Will you be trying them out with your kids? Let us know in the comments section down below!