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How to Get Your Child to Brush and Floss Regularly

For many parents, getting a child to brush and floss his teeth regularly can be more like pulling them. Yet, brushing and flossing is an essential part of getting your child to take part in caring for his hygiene, as well as his health. The good news is that getting your child to brush and floss each day doesn't have to be a battle. With time and a few KidPointz tools and tricks, your child will proudly take care of his pearly whites!

Brushing and Flossing Basics

Many people don't realize just how important it is to take care of their teeth. Even some adults have trouble with this and avoid regular flossing and dental visits. Beyond just how teeth add or detract from one's appearance, not taking care of them can lead to gum disease, which is associated with other health problems. The earlier you get your child in the habit of good dental hygiene, the better!

How to get your child to brush and floss regularly:

  • Make it a family affair. Get everyone on board with brushing their teeth twice per day for two minutes each session, and flossing their teeth once per day. Get everyone together to do it until it becomes a habit.
  • Use a dental hygiene chart to make it fun. Kidpointz charts are a simple, yet effective way to get kids to brush and floss regularly.
  • Discuss the importance of dental hygiene with your child, and talk about what may happen if he doesn't take care of his teeth. You may also want to find books or children's videos that cover the topic.
  • Remain positive and make brushing and flossing fun. You can do this by letting your child pick out his own tooth brush, using an electric toothbrush, and you can even sing a tooth brushing song as he brushes his teeth.
  • Try to get your kids to eat healthy snacks and avoid sugary beverages. Food plays an important role in overall oral health.
  • Show your child how to brush properly. Check his work for a while to ensure he is brushing and flossing properly.
  • Always set a good example when it comes to oral hygiene. When kids see you brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist, they will be more likely to engage in this healthy habit.

Getting kids to brush and floss regularly can be a struggle, and you may need some patience. Make sure your child brushes and flosses morning and night, and don't forget to remind him why this is an important habit. Focus on being consistent and patient, and you will help your child establish lifelong healthy oral hygiene habits!