Here are some tips that our dentist in Grande Prairie, AB recommends to parents who are looking to improve the oral hygiene habits of their children:
Make some small incentives for the kids to brush their teeth. Go for a fun outing or for a special treat if they manage to brush their teeth twice a day for two weeks straight. You could put a calendar in the bathroom and do check marks once they brush their tooth so they can see the positive movements as well.
Some kids love having a timer! Oral-B makes a toothbrush that talks to a smartphone and will show how long you have been brushing, etc. The other thing you could do is get a two minute hourglass for them to use. This way they can look and see how long is left to brush and can keep being encouraged!
Positive reinforcement is a great way to help your kids learn they need to brush their teeth. Help them out with it and then congratulate them on a good job and watch them beam with happiness!
Kids do great when they see their role models (mom and dad!) doing what they’ve been asked to do. One way to do it is to have a family toothbrushing time so they see that you’re brushing just like you’re asking them to do!
Dr. Don Beeson is a Grande Prairie local who has practiced in the Grande Prairie area since he completed his dental degree from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Beeson provides all forms of dental care, and loves to work with patients of all ages!
Schedule your next appointment at Today’s Dental Grande Prairie by calling our friendly staff today! We look forward to helping you.