Let’s face it, kids are picky. When it comes to their food or hygiene practices, they want it done their way or not at all. Helping kids appreciate flossing can be a difficult task for any parent, but today we are going to give you three tips on how you can help your kids enjoy flossing every day.
1. Example is everything
One of the biggest ways you can help your child enjoy flossing is leading by example. Children typically learn from their parents, so it’s important to praise your children for their flossing. When you do this, you are allowing them to feel good about their decision to make flossing a habit in the future. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that you’re also flossing with your kids, keeping up with your own dental health.
2. Turn it into a game
Who doesn’t like turning something less exciting like flossing into a game? Kids are naturally imaginative so when you turn flossing into a dance party or adventure story, you are making it fun for them to enjoy. With a little creativity, you can make flossing for your kids an enjoyable adventure they’ll want to keep doing for years to come.
3. Chart their progress
Kids want to feel appreciated for the work they’ve done. As a parent you can create a flossing/brushing chart to hang on the bathroom door. When your child successfully flosses or brushes their teeth every day, give them a sticker to place on the chart. As they continue to floss, give them an incentive or reward they can have after flossing for a certain amount of days, such as staying up later or going to a movie.
Remember, children should visit the dentist every six months for exams and cleanings. This will ensure their teeth last for years to come! Give our office a call today to schedule their appointment at 601-981-8166!