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.