The month of June symbolizes many things: summer, warm weather, cookouts, swimming and more. Could all the fun activities have played a part in June being recognized as National Smile Month? We don’t know for sure, but it is a happy coincidence!
National Smile Month is a perfect opportunity to teach your children good oral health habits in a fun way. Some parents might wonder how the words fun and oral health can be in the same sentence, but with these tricks and tips, your child will enjoy brushing and flossing far past summertime!
- Trade places:
Tired of prying your way in whenever it’s time to brush those little chompers? Why not reverse roles and let the child brush your teeth? It’s fun for them and shows them the right way to brush. Just don’t share a toothbrush. Sharing a toothbrush may result in an exchange of microorganisms and an increased risk of infections.
- Fun toothbrush holder/toothbrush:
Use fun dental gadgets like robot, tree or animal-shaped toothbrush holders that stick to walls. Kids like the characters and the holder provides a sanitary storage spot for their toothbrushes and toothpaste. Remember to apply just a small dab of toothpaste to the brush, since the amount of fluoride in children’s toothpaste is still adult strength.
- Call in reinforcements:
If children stubbornly neglect to brush or floss, maybe it’s time to change the messenger. Call the dental office before the next checkup and let them know what’s going on. Kids might heed the same motivational message if it comes from a third party, especially the dentist.