Welcome back to the ongoing blog brought to you from the office of Plymouth Dentistry. We love to stay in contact with the wonderful people of Plymouth,MI, so we can help you to stay healthy and looking great by taking care of your teeth and protecting your oral health. This regular online forum is a way for us to reach out to you in a manner that is easy to access and filled with useful information.
One of our focuses here at Plymouth Dentistry is family dentistry. We know that a family that works hard to take care of each other will be healthier, and the oral hygiene habits you practice between visits to our office in Plymouth will be more effective if the whole family practices them together. But sometimes it’s hard to get the youngest members of your family engaged in an oral hygiene routine. Little kids just have a hard time seeing the value of brushing their teeth twice a day. To them, it is just a boring chore that takes valuable time out of their already packed day. So, it is up to the parents to find a way to get their kids excited about taking care of their teeth, and to make brushing and flossing a fun family event, rather than another menial task.
How to Make Brushing Fun for the Family!
Here are some ideas on how to take the tedious task of oral hygiene and turn it into a party for all ages:
Music Makes It Happen – If you want to bring some excitement to a mundane morning routine or a humdrum nightly ritual, playing an upbeat song is just the thing. Adding a little music to your kids’ dental care activities will make it more fun, and as a result, they will be less likely to “forget” to brush.
There are other benefits to playing a fun song when your children brush, though. For example, since brushing your teeth is naturally a rhythmic activity, play an uptempo song will give your kids a beat to brush to, ensuring they brush vigorously enough.
Also, the song you play acts as a built in timer. Simply choose a song that is about two minutes long, and have your kids brush their teeth for the duration of the song. That way you will never have to question if your kids are brushing long enough.
Party Games while Brushing – One way to turn oral hygiene into a party is to play party games. We recommend charades with a twist for the kids: animal charades! Have your kids brush their teeth in the manner of their favorite animal, while you and the rest of the family try to guess what it is. Or you can play a variation in which you assign the animal to your child and she has to act it out brushing her teeth.
The game Simon Says lends itself well to oral hygiene because you can literally instruct your children on proper brushing technique while they play. Just don’t forget to say Simon Says when it’s time to rinse.
Read While They Brush – Toothbrushing time, especially at night before bed, is a good time to double up on healthy activities. Protect your children’s teeth by having them brush and floss, and protect their mind by reading to them as they do so.
This technique is great because not only does it get your kids excited about brushing and reading, it saves you valuable time at the end of the day.
Brush as a Family for the Wonderful Oral Health
The best way to get your kids excited about their oral health routine is be a part of it. When they see the whole family taking care of their teeth, they will rush to join in. Making oral hygiene a regular family activity will make it more likely that your kids carry on with these healthy habits after they have left out on their own.
Don’t forget to make regular trips to Plymouth Dentistry a part of your family health plan. Our professional cleanings and examinations will help you keep a smile on everyone’s face.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.