How to instil good oral hygiene habits in children

Good habits start at. Young age, and by teaching your kids the importance of oral health at a young age, you can help instil habits that will last a lifetime.

There is little difference between adult and children’s oral hygiene- it all involves brushing teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, reducing your sugar intake and keeping up regular dental check-ups. Kids often need a little extra encouragement and incentive to keep up their oral hygiene.

Here a few ideas to change oral hygiene from a chore into something more fun.

Brush together

Kids often find it difficult to brush and floss their teeth alone and need help. Although kids are usually able to brush their teeth alone at around 6 years old, that doesn’t mean they’ll always do it properly, especially if it isn’t supervised.

Common problems of supervising your kids brushing their teeth include not brushing for the recommended 2 minutes or not brushing all parts of their mouth evenly.

Go electric

Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes help remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes and they are easier to use. But many people find electric toothbrushes easier and more convenient to use – especially children.

If your child finds manual brushing difficult or tiring, an electric toothbrush may suit them better. Electric toothbrushes have other unique benefits that can make them more appealing. Some types play music that can make them more fun to use, as well as timers to make sure they’re brushing for two minutes.

Let them choose their own toothbrush

Toothbrushes should be changed at least every 3 months, or after you’ve been sick. And its no different for your child’s toothbrush. Next time you’re changing their toothbrush, why not let them pick their own toothbrush & toothpaste?

By getting your kids involved in their choice of toothbrush& toothpaste it helps them become invested in their own oral hygiene and becomes less of a chore.

Make sure when they’re picking their toothpaste, it is fluoridated to help strengthen and protect their teeth.

Keep up with their dental visits

Visiting a dentist may not be the most exiting activity for anyone, but it can be a pleasant experience.

By visiting a child-friendly dentist from a young age, it helps kids understand the importance of oral hygiene.

If your child has positive associations with the dentist, they may be more likely to keep up with their scheduled appointments all through their lives. By encouraging good oral hygiene habits at home, you can also reduce the likelihood of them needing corrective treatments like fillings or extractions.

Looking for a children’s dentist in Nambour QLD?

Smiles Nambour is a family friendly dental clinic in Nambour, QLD. We offer appointment for even the smallest members of your family, and we are committed to teaching the future of tomorrow how important oral hygiene is for their overall health.

If you’ve been looking for a family-friendly dentist, then call our friendly and professional team on (07) 2102 7432.