Teach Kids Confidence by Keeping their Teeth Bright
Posted on 12/7/2020 by Dr. Joni
The more you focus on good dental care for you kids, the better they will feel about themselves. This is crucial to their development and to their overall sense of self-esteem.
How to Show Your Kids How to Brighten their Smiles
A bright smile is a magnet – one that draws people with its warmth and welcome appearance. It is the key to better communications and increased self-confidence. Therefore, teaching your kids to take good care of their smile is of paramount importance. You can begin as early as the eruption of a child's first tooth. The idea is to get them used to the idea and importance of dental care. For example, you can give a baby a child-friendly toothbrush so he or she can explore how the object is used. Help your toddler with brushing and flossing by giving them a soft bristled easy-to-handle toothbrush. Use a rice-grain size of toothpaste for children 3 years and younger and a pea-size allotment for children 3 to 6 years old. Allow your child to attempt brushing independently every now and then. Choose a toothbrush that includes a favorite cartoon character, or one that lights up. Tell him or her that their own smile will light up a room by using the toothbrush. Read books about tooth brushing and find songs about tooth brushing. Make dental care a regular part of your child's life and routine.
How to Promote a White and Brighter Smile to an Older Child
If you want to keep the motivation going, as your child gets older, buy an electric toothbrush. Use a kitchen timer so you can promote brushing for at least 2 minutes at a time. Give your child a travel-sized tube of toothpaste to ensure he or she does not get too messy when they brush. Go over the importance of tooth brushing and eating certain foods to prevent cavities. Pay attention to the professional recommendations given for brushing and flossing, and make sure your child follows them.
Now is the time to get your child involved in brightening and maintaining his or her smile. To begin the process, give us a call today to schedule an appointment for a professional cleaning and exam.