The bedtime and morning “getting ready” routine are often two of the most dreaded times of the day for parents. Is there tantrum throwing and crying every time you say the words, “Go brush your teeth”? While it may seem like it only happens in your household – you’re not alone.
Manhasset pediatric dentist Dr. Kimmy understands that it can be difficult to get your children to grasp the importance of oral hygiene. However, your children’s long-term dental health is dependent upon it. To help make it more fun for both you and your children – she explains five ways to bring the holidays to your brushing and flossing routine.
If you’re concerned your child has consumed too much holiday candy this year, we are available to offer dental exams and cleanings in a fun-filled environment. Just give us a call at 516-365-4KID or contact us online.
Fill Those Stockings with Practical Products
While it may be tempting to fill those stockings to the brim with toys and candy – try including something a little more practical to make brushing and flossing more fun. Select a brand-new toothbrush with your child’s favorite Disney princess or Marvel superhero on it and include fun-flavored toothpastes. While we know flossing can seem mundane and boring – there are unique flavors on the market, such as bubblegum, cupcake, chocolate, and bacon to help make it more fun for children.
Sneak a Note from Santa
At this time of year, kids today are working hard to be on their best behavior for Santa. The classic carol says it best, “He’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.” So in keeping with tradition, why don’t you let Santa help you out this year? Sneak a note in their stocking from Santa encouraging your children to brush and floss their teeth.
Give the Gift of Oral Hygiene Education
When selecting your child’s favorite toy from their wish list, be sure and pick up a fun picture book or two on oral hygiene education. No matter how often you tell your kids it’s important, it will probably be received better from a cartoon character.
Some of the more popular ones include:
- Ready, Set, Brush with Sesame Street’s Elmo
- Show Me Your Smile with Dora the Explorer
- Clarabella’s Teeth
- Brush, Brush, Brush!
- I Know Why I Brush My Teeth with Sam’s Science
- Brush Your Teeth, Please
- Sugarbug Doug
- The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums
Listen to Christmas Carols While Brushing
Research has revealed that the average person cuts their teeth brushing short. In order to be the most effective, you should brush your teeth for two minutes. Setting a timer in the bathroom can most certainly help with this, but you can make it even more fun by humming or singing your child’s favorite Christmas carol. By singing the first verse, chorus, and second verse – you will hit two minutes before you know it.
Set Up a Reward System
In the bathroom, set up an easy to see calendar. Each time teeth are brushed and flossed, let your child place a sticker on the calendar. At the end of the week, if there is a sticker for each morning and night, select a bonus reward of your choosing. For the holidays, this may include something like:
- Baking Christmas cookies together
- Enjoying a candy cane
- Drinking hot chocolate
- Watching your favorite holiday movie
- Buying one more toy for Christmas morning
Book Your 2018 Appointments
We know the holidays are busy, but don’t let oral hygiene get set aside. Contact Manhasset pediatric dentist Dr. Kimmy today to book your 2018 dental appointments. You can reach us online or call 516-365-4KID.Leave a reply →