The Connecticut State Dental Association would like to change this and remind parents that brushing – especially for children – can and should be fun.
Music, dancing and story time are not activities typically associated with routine dental hygiene. The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) would like to change this and remind parents that brushing – especially for children – can and should be fun.
“Helping your child brush their teeth for two minutes, two times a day helps improve oral health, and the earlier this habit is formed, the better the chances are it will continue later in life,” said Dr. David Fried, CSDA President.
While children may not think maintaining proper dental hygiene belongs on their list of fun activities, the CSDA would like to show them new tricks to make it more fun. All it takes is a bit of creativity to turn what was previously a twice daily routine into an entertaining and exciting opportunity for the whole family.
“Simple additions can go a long way. Instead of counting for two minutes, try using a favorite song to track the time,” offered Dr. Fried. “If you’re truly committed, you can swap out the words for brushing-related lyrics. Another option is to associate your child’s favorite character with brushing. Many popular children’s shows and books have stories related to brushing. The characters without these stories are simply opportunities for you and child to make one up together.”
Whether it’s singing a song, creating a story or something entirely different, remember to stick to the routine. “Getting into a habit always requires repetition. And this habit will be key to maintaining good oral health for years to come,” explained Dr. Fried.