How can we help our children develop healthy oral care habits? There are actually many ways to not only help them create and maintain healthy habits at home but prepare them for their first visit to the dentist.
Search for age appropriate TV shows to introduce the importance of brushing and how it’s done. Some of my son’s favorites when he was younger were Mother Goose Club “Brush Your Teeth” and Blippi “Tooth brushing Song”. There are also many books for little ones such as “Brush, Brush, Brush!” by Alicia Padron and “Dentists and What They Do” by Liesbet Slegers. These educational resources are a great way for a young child to learn the importance of oral hygiene in an entertaining way.
Lead by example and demonstrate how you brush your teeth. It’s most likely that your little one already imitates what you do. Monkey see Monkey do. Show them step by step so they become familiar with both the process and all the parts such as the toothbrush and toothpaste. You can even ask them to help you brush your teeth…just like a dentist!