Has your child recently received a “less-than-perfect” report from the dentist? Its OKAY! We parents are not perfect, and neither are our kids! I want to encourage you parents. If your children have cavities or you’re told they aren’t brushing well, don’t get frustrated or feel guilty, simply MOVE towards better habits, more conversation, more action!
Did you know that parents are supposed to help their kids brush their teeth until they can cut their food with a knife and fork!? What!? That seems like a long time, especially when you’re fighting them to even stop playing or watching their phones to brush for just 30 seconds. It really makes sense though. Kids don’t have the dexterity to properly brush all surfaces of their teeth until they are 8 or 9 years old.
What can you do? First, set up a regular routine. Aim to help your kids brush their teeth twice daily, once in the morning before school and once before bed. Aim for 2 minutes. Start with a minute and use a phone or a fun timer to keep your child’s attention. Use an electric toothbrush. You don’t have to spend a fortune here, but an electric toothbrush will clean your child’s teeth more thoroughly, especially if they don’t make the whole 2 minutes! REWARD! Give your child a reward for brushing well, just don’t use sugary snacks or candy.
Hope this helps! Most importantly, just take ACTION. Your kids will thank you!