Dental care is important for everyone, especially kids. Their baby teeth are the place-setter for their adult teeth. They also go through what is called the “cavity-prone years”. Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS wants to help parents with making dental care fun for their kids.
Making dental care fun for kids may actually get your kids to want to brush and floss. There are some simple steps that can make your child more aware of their dental health, more willing to take care of it, and able to do a good job.
First, make sure your child knows the proper way to brush and floss. You can do this by brushing and flossing your own teeth along with them. You can show the proper way to hold the toothbrush and floss, and let them know all the places they need to reach. Kids love to imitate, so they may see this as a game.
To make them aware of the time they are spending brushing their teeth, purchase a fun minute glass sand timer that they can flip. Or you could have their favorite song play for two minutes (the recommended amount of time to spend brushing).
Rewards work well with kids who are reluctant to complete their brushing and flossing every day. Offer a bedtime story if they brush twice per day and floss once. Or offer extra time at the park for flossing every day that week.
Stress the importance of healthy teeth and gums to your child. To schedule their routine cleaning and examination with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS in our Holmdel, NJ office, call us at (732) 264-8180 or visit our website, www.dentistnj.com.