20 Jul

These Tips Will Help You Teach Your Kids Great Dental Habits

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There are some activities that your kids will always beg to do, like making a mess with Play-Doh or making forts out of every blanket and sheet in your house. But when it comes to brushing and flossing, it’s hard to capture that type of excitement. You know how important oral health is, especially in a young developing mouth, so try these tricks to get your children interested in dental hygiene.

Get Out the Crayons

If you head to www.mykoolsmiles.com/forkids, you can download and print a variet of coloring book pages and puzzles that all relate to dental health. For example, one coloring page has different fruits and vegetables on it to teach kids about foods that naturally contain fluoride, while also explaining why fluoride is so important for strong teeth. Your kids will be excited to color the page and learn a little something as well. If your children are older and enjoy puzzles and riddles, there are also connect the dot activities, BINGO pages, word searches, and more!

Pack Lunches Together

While brushing, flossing, and rinsing are definitely vital components of a strong oral health routine, the teeth are also heavily impacted by the foods and beverages your child consumes every day. Certain foods are far more “tooth healthy” than others, so you can make it a fun activity to pack school lunches together to ensure that your child benefits from low sugar, high fiber, nutritious food choices like fruits, vegetables, cheeses, lean meats, beans, nuts, and whole grains. Buy a neat lunchbox and colorful containers, and then plan delicious but healthy lunches, like veggie pizza with grapes, baby carrots, and ranch dressing.

Use Science As Your Proof

One of the biggest challenges in oral health is helping your child understand just how dangerous it really is to skip brushing and flossing. Once your child appreciates the importance of dental hygiene, he is much more likely to brush and floss without whining or throwing a fit. It’s easy enough to prove this with a simple at-home science experiment. Fill one mason jar with a cola drink and bits of crushed candy bar, and fill another mason jar with milk and pieces of cucumber. Place an egg in each and allow the eggs to sit overnight. Have your children check out the eggs the next morning to understand just how much damage sugary and acidic items can have on their teeth.

Dr. Obrochta