June 10th, 2017
When your child is at an age where they have the dexterity to handle flossing on his or her own, it’s time to step back and encourage them to do so. One idea is to make a calendar, broken down into the two times of day at which he or she will brush and floss. Stickers work well to indicate a proper brushing and flossing session. Make sure to throw in awards for any length of time during which your child has kept up streak of brushing (for at least two minutes) and flossing.
Also remember that a child may become frustrated by flossing, even if he or she has the dexterity, and there are other tools, like floss holders, that could make flossing simpler.
Lead by Example
If you are practicing good daily oral care habits, your child is more likely to do the same. Let them watch you brush and floss your teeth. Make sure you chow them that you, too, are careful to clean all the sides of your teeth. Make sure you stress just how important quality oral care is in everyone’s life. And in addition to at-home care, make sure your child gets to the dentist once or twice yearly for a routine checkup. A child who spends time in the dentist chair grows into an adult who doesn’t harbor fears of the dentist. Call Brewer Dental Center today for all of your Pediatric Dental needs.