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Helping Your Child With Brushing and Flossing

January 27, 2017

If you’ve ever raised a child, protecting their health has probably been a high priority. You may also understand that teaching them good habits can help them stay healthy well into their adult life. As you may have guessed, the same applies to your dental health. In reality, there are a few things you can do to help your child keep their mouth healthy.

When it comes to teaching your children anything, repetition is essential. As a general rule, you’ll need at least 30 days to form a habit. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to avoid these issues. For instance, you could create a chart and put a sticker on it each time your child brushes. This can make brushing more fun while helping them create healthy habits.

You should also help your child make decisions. For instance, let your little one choose their toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash. If your child is involved in the decision to keep their mouth healthy, they’ll be more likely to cooperate when it’s time to brush and floss.

Finally, try to brush when your children are brushing, since children tend to follow the example you show them. One of the best ways to convince your child to brush is to show them that you brush on a regular basis.

Do you have more questions about how you could help your child learn healthy habits? Are you worried about your child’s oral health? Are you simply interested in setting up an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Roden-Johnson, and Dr. Afridi? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact Victoria Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics by giving us a call at (361) 433-4704. We look forward to receiving your call soon.