Dr. Tanya Orr, DDS
6880 W County Hwy 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

How to Get Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth

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It’s hard enough getting your kids to make their beds and eat their vegetables. Is your child’s dental hygiene also a daily battle in your home? Some kiddos need constant reminding to do things they may not want to do. Brushing and flossing their teeth may be one of those things, but as a parent, it’s critical you instill the importance of good dental habits in your child now to ensure a lifetime of great oral health. Here are some fun tips to get them excited about brushing.

  1. Give Them Choices
  2. Giving your kids choices is a simple way to let them know that they’re in charge of their own brushing routine. Let them choose the color and shape of their soft-bristled toothbrush along with their favorite flavor of fluoridated toothpaste.

  3. Let them Follow Your Good Example
  4. Sticking to your own consistent brushing and flossing routine, eating a healthy diet, preparing your kids healthy meals, and getting excited about your own dental visits will likely make your children naturally want to follow suit as they grow up.

  5. Show Them What Happens When They Don’t Brush
  6. Kids love to know why they are doing what you’ve asked them to do. Try to encourage them by reading books and watching videos about how proper dental care leads to a happy smile. Moreover, use dissolving agents (which stain plaque on the surface of your teeth so you can see how much bacteria is on your teeth at any given time!) to show your kids that you aren’t just nagging them for no reason.

  7. Reward Them
  8. Put a sticker or a stamp on a calendar every day that your kids brush their teeth without you having to ask them. Have them collect a certain number of stickers before they win a prize or get extra allowance.

  9. Schedule Dental Visits Every 6 Months
  10. Bring your child to see us every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry is a family-friendly dental office that strives to make our younger patients feel at ease. We provide dental sealants and fluoride treatments to keep your child’s smile healthy and strong. Moreover, our personable team will instruct your kiddos concerning proper brushing and flossing techniques and answer all their dental questions.

It’s our mission to help families like yours maintain sparkling smiles and outstanding oral health! Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and to schedule your child’s next appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

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