The month of June symbolizes many things: summertime, warm weather, cookouts, swimming, and more. Could all these fun activities be why June is National Smile Month? We may never know, but we do know that it’s a happy coincidence.
National Smile Month is a perfect opportunity to teach your children good oral health habits in a fun way. Some parents might wonder how the words fun and oral health can be in the same sentence, but with these tricks and tips, your child will enjoy brushing and flossing far beyond the summer months!
Trade places: Tired of prying your way in whenever it’s time to brush those little teeth? Why not reverse roles and let your child brush your teeth? It’s fun for them and shows them the right way to brush. Just don’t share a toothbrush. Sharing a toothbrush may result in an exchange of bacteria and an increased risk of infections.
Fun toothbrush holder or toothbrush: Use fun dental gadgets like robots, trees, or animal-shaped toothbrush holders that stick to walls. Kids like the characters and the holder provides a sanitary storage spot for their toothbrushes and toothpaste. Remember to apply just a small dab of toothpaste to the brush since the amount of fluoride in children’s toothpaste is still adult strength.
Take turns: Set a timer and have the child brush for one minute. Then reset the timer and brush their teeth for the final minute.
Call in reinforcements: If children stubbornly neglect to brush or floss, maybe it’s time to change the messenger. Call the dental office before the next checkup and let them know what’s going on. Kids might heed the same motivational message if it comes from a third party, especially the dentist.