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How Brushing and Flossing with Kids Benefits Their Oral Hygiene Habits


Posted on 1/10/2020 by Fariba Mutschler
How Brushing and Flossing with Kids Benefits Their Oral Hygiene HabitsTeaching your kids how to brush and floss involves not only teaching them skills to complete these tasks, but also explaining the importance of them.

Depending on your child's learning style(s), you can include various teaching methods to make your child's oral care routine more effective and appealing to them.

Modeling
One way to teach your child to the value of taking care of their teeth is through modeling. For most children, actions do speak louder than words, so brushing your teeth with your child not only demonstrates proper technique, it also shows your child that you actively take care of your teeth every day, making it easier for them to see how to fit it in their schedule and how to do it right.

Brushing and Flossing with Your Child


The earlier you begin to brush and floss with your child, the more likely they are to form a lifelong habit of doing it themselves. Seeing the consistency of your habits will stress to your child that these activities are simply part of everyday life, just like eating and sleeping.

In the beginning, before your child can grasp the value of brushing and flossing regularly, it may help to introduce choices for their oral care routine, such as which theme for their toothbrush or the flavor of their toothpaste. Not only will providing options make these practices more fun, it will also give them some control in an otherwise mandatory routine.

Brushing and flossing along with your child is one of the most simple and effective ways to demonstrate how to integrate these tasks into daily life and the skills to complete them properly. This form of modeling is ages old and allows you to teach while doing, as your child mimics in fun, unbeknownst to the lifelong lesson you're teaching them. Are you having trouble getting your child to brush and floss? Contact our office for more information about ways to make these rituals more interesting, or to schedule an exam.
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