How to Encourage Your Child to Develop Good Oral Hygiene Habits

Good oral hygiene is important at any age, especially for children. Encouraging kids to take care of their teeth can be a challenge but there are many ways to get your little ones interested in children's oral hygiene. In this blog, we'll discuss some top tips to encourage your child to develop good oral hygiene habits that they can carry with them throughout their lives.

Make it Fun

Encourage your child to brush their teeth by making it fun. Consider turning oral hygiene into a game or challenge. For example, set a timer for two minutes and brush your teeth together. We recommend using one of our kids electric toothbrush which has a built-in timer.  You can also offer a prize for the child who shows the most improvement in their oral hygiene habits and help your child track daily success using our fun toothbrushing charts.

Lead by Example

Children often follow the example of their parents and caregivers. Model good oral hygiene habits by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly, and integrate your child into your oral hygiene routine. Let your child see you enjoying a healthy and beautiful smile. One way to lead by example is to show your toddler that they too can have an electric toothbrush just like mummy and daddy’s - discover our BabySonic toothbrush online.  It’s an innovative children's electric toothbrush, designed especially for babies and toddlers. 

Make it Routine

Habits can be hard to establish, but they are easier to maintain when they become part of your daily routine. Ensure that brushing and flossing are incorporated into your child's daily routine. Try brushing your teeth together with a brush-baby flossbrush toothbrush for children after breakfast and before bedtime.

Choose Age Appropriate Toothbrushes

Make sure your child has age-appropriate toothbrushes. It’s important to consider the size of the brush head relative to the child's mouth for a comfortable and enjoyable toothbrushing experience. Why not use our colourful brush-baby FirstBrush which are easy for small hands to hold, feature fun characters and make oral hygiene for toddlers far more enjoyable. 

Make Dentist Visits Fun

Regular dental checkups play a crucial role in maintaining good oral health. Make sure you take your child to the dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and checkups but ensure that it becomes an experience that is fun, rewarding and engaging. Take the time to explain to your child how regular dentist visits help keep their teeth healthy and strong.

Encouraging your child to develop good oral hygiene habits can be a lifelong gift. By incorporating fun and routine, leading by example, choosing the right tools and regularly visiting the dentist, you can help instil healthy oral hygiene habits in your child. Remember that it's never too early to help your child establish good oral hygiene habits for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!