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Getting Your Child Excited About Oral Health

Published on May 23rd, 2018

Kids and excitement about oral health don’t always go hand-in-hand, but our dentist in Lakeview wants to help change that! Believe it or not, as soon as a tooth appears in your child’s mouth, they are at risk for decay. This usually begins when your child is around six months old. As your child gets older, you may find it difficult to get them excited about keeping their teeth clean. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Make It a Family Activity

If you simply sit and watch their child while they are brushing their teeth, they probably won’t feel very motivated. You can change this by making tooth brushing a family activity. If you brush your teeth at the same time as your child, it acts as good bonding time, and something both of you can enjoy together.

Get Them a Special Toothbrush

This makes all the difference in getting your child excited! Next time you and your child are at our dentist in Lakeview, let them pick out a special toothbrush and toothpaste. This will likely include a character from their favorite show or movie. Kids-flavored toothpaste is also a great way to get your child excited.

Reward Them

Don’t get excessive, but if your child is working towards a reward, they are more likely to want to brush their teeth. For example, if your child brushes their teeth every day for two weeks, take them for a meal at their favorite restaurant. These small incentives can make a big difference in the larger picture.

What are your favorite ways to get your child excited about oral health? Make sure you and your child visit our dentist in Lakeview regularly to ensure there are no problems!

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