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If you are raising children, some days you need all the help you can get! Here are some ideas to help your child get in the habit of brushing their teeth:

Family Time: Your child needs to brush his or her teeth for two minutes, twice a day. He or she should also floss for two to three minutes, once a day, as soon as they have two teeth that touch. If you consistently help your child do this, you will have an extra three hours a month together! Make brushing and flossing as fun as possible, as often as possible. Perhaps tell a two-minute story as they brush, using people the child knows as story characters. Playing music or singing a silly song is also a good idea. Remember to have age-appropriate expectations for your child, and help them as much as they need. Flossing can be especially difficult for young children.

Character Support: Many television shows and books intended for children include stories about brushing and flossing. Read and watch those stories together as a family, or as parent-child one-on-one time. Then refer to the stories when it’s time to brush! As an extra support to you and your efforts, many child’s toothbrushes come in bright colors with beloved characters on them. Try letting your child choose their own toothbrush buddy to come on their brushing adventure with them.

Lead By Example: Your child watches you and what you do. If you brush and floss your teeth every day, they will be more likely to do the same to theirs. These easy examples of caring for yourself can help your child develop consistent oral hygiene routines that can save them a lot of trouble throughout their life. The more positive, consistent and attentive you are, the more likely it is that your child will have a healthy smile to last a lifetime!

For more information, call Dentistry For Kids in Huntersville, North Carolina, at 704-948-8494. Our dentists, Dr. Kisha Steele Mitchell, and our team look forward to helping your child’s smile stay healthy and strong!