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Teaching children to brush their teeth every day is hard. Here are some ideas to help your child develop the habit of brushing their teeth:

Family Time: Good hygiene habits require brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing for two to three minutes once a day. If you begin to consistently do this with your child, you will have an extra three hours a month together! Make it as fun as possible. Try telling a two-minute story as your children brush, using people they know as story characters. Singing a silly song or listening to some music can also be a good idea.

Character Support: Many kids’ television shows and books include stories about brushing and flossing. Read and watch those stories together often, then refer to the stories when it’s time to brush! As an extra support to your efforts, try letting your child choose his or her own toothbrush. Many child’s toothbrushes come in bright colors, bearing the likeness of beloved characters. Try letting your child choose one to come with them on their brushing adventure.

Lead By Example: Your child watches you and your habits, for better or worse. If you brush and floss every day, they will be more likely to do the same! These simple examples of taking care of yourself can help your child develop strong oral hygiene routines. These habits will save them a lot of trouble as they go through life. So the more positive and consistent you are, the more likely it is that your child will have a healthy smile to last a lifetime!

For more information, call Pacific Hearts Dentistry in Irving, Texas, at 972-957-3577. Dr. Rawaha Memon and our team look forward to helping your child’s smile shine!