Teaching dental hygiene to kids is not easy. They hate the whole brushing teeth, flossing and what not. In short, you have a few things to work on. But you can make it fun and at the same time make it interesting and fun for the kids too.
How? Read on.
Introduce the tooth fairy early on
"The tooth fairy is a real person. If you do not wish to displease her you need to brush your teeth twice a day, avoid too much candy and clean your teeth after every meal". Kids start losing teeth around the age of 6. Parents can teach kids about the Tooth Fairy and let them know that good oral health habits and healthy teeth make her happy. Use this as an opportunity to brush up on a child’s everyday dental routine. Kids not wanting to brush and floss? Remind them that the Tooth Fairy is only looking for healthy baby teeth, not teeth with cavities. This will help you to get kids excited about taking care of their teeth.
Rather than waiting for your child's next tooth to fall out, why not invite the tooth fairy into your home more often? This way, your kid will understand that they need to maintain good oral health in order to get little surprises from the tooth fairy. And because of this medium of instruction, they will get used to cleaning their teeth regularly and hence, it will become a habit in the long run.
Leave a note
When your kids read a letter from the tooth fairy, it is going to be as exciting as getting a gift. You can mention all the good habits you want your kids to practice daily in the letter so it seems that the tooth fairy wants the kids to practice them. Brush twice a day, floss once a day and visit the dentist twice a year.
Kids always get excited about gifts. You can make gifts a good way to instil good habits in your children. Get your kids a toothbrush as a gift with their favorite cartoon character on it or maybe a fun-flavored toothpaste. How about a new book? There are several children’s books about tooth fairy adventures that can add to the Tooth Fairy excitement. But if the family tradition has always included money, you don’t have to stop. Consider giving both cash and a new toothbrush to reinforce good oral health habits.
The cleaner the teeth the greater the prize
As soon as your kids' teeth start growing, talk about how the tooth fairy will eventually come and collect their teeth when they fall out. Furthermore, explain that the cleaner they make their teeth, the greater prize that the tooth fairy will leave under their pillow.
The tooth fairy is just one medium. Think of innovative ways to make your kids aware and practice good dental hygiene habits. Teaching good dental habits is a task you have to perform efficiently. Why not have a little fun with your kids, on the journey?