How to get your kids to take care of their teeth

Featured / Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

 Helping your kids develop good oral hygiene habits is essential. But it can be tricky for many parents. Here are some tips:

  • Let kids choose their own toothbrushes.  Just make sure they’re the right size and have soft bristles.  Replace them when they’re worn or splayed, and after illnesses.
  • Find a flavor of children’s toothpaste your kids like.  Children are sensitive to strong flavors and usually don’t like adult toothpastes.
  • Use a two-minute timer.  A lot of kids think the timers are fun. And they help make sure kids brush for the recommended time.
  • Rinse after lunch.  Tell your children to go to the water fountain. When they can’t brush, rinsing is helpful.
  • Try a floss pick.  They come in fun flavors and make flossing easier for kids. If they won’t floss twice a day, at least make sure they do it before going to bed.