At Donald P. Rossler, DMD Family Dentistry, we’re passionate about excellent oral care for the whole family. Because these habits form at home, we have plenty of suggestions on how to introduce and form great oral care habits for your children. With regular care from an early age, your child can take ownership of their own routine!
Fun With Brushing
One of the easiest ways to introduce your children to regular brushing habits is by picking the right toothbrush for them. Look for a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushes with firm bristles may be too irritating for their gums. An uncomfortable toothbrush may discourage them from brushing. If your little one is still too young to brush their own teeth, help with brushing. You may want to do it side-by-side to guide them until they are ready to make the transition.
When your child is ready to brush their own teeth, make brushing fun! Choose a toothbrush that has their favorite cartoon character on it or one that’s in their favorite color. This will associate a positive feeling with taking charge of their oral health.
Another way to make brushing enjoyable is making up a catchy song to sing before or during brushing their teeth. You can also choose one of your child’s favorite songs to play while brushing. Aim for one around two minutes. Only play this song when it’s time to brush their teeth for that positive association.
Other Tips and Tricks
In addition to brushing, flossing is equally important — for even the littlest mouths! Choose a flosser or floss pick made for kids. These could be colorful, with handles in geometric patterns, or in the shape of animals.
The regular use of fluoride is another way to keep your child’s mouth clean and healthy. This could be done by choosing a toothpaste with fluoride or drinking water with fluoride. When used regularly, fluoride can help lessen the frequency and severity of cavities. Adding fluoride by way of toothpaste is an easy way to incorporate it into your child’s oral health routine.
You can also turn your child’s twice-daily oral care routine into a game. Purchase a stepstool to bring them closer to a mirror for an up-close look or make silly facial expressions during the full two minutes of their brushing.
Twice a year, schedule a visit with us to ensure your child’s oral health is up to date. We’ll make sure your child feels relaxed and comfortable.
- Monday: 7:30AM – 4:30PM
- Tuesday: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
- Wednesday: 7:30AM – 4:30PM
- Thursday: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
- Friday: 11:00AM – 2:00PM
(Oral Surgeries Only)
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed