Valparaiso Pediatric Dentist Dr. Carisse Corns Teaches Parents to Make Brushing Fun
Dr. Carisse Corns, Pediatric Dentist in Valparaiso, IN, is working with parents on improving oral health care for their children. Studies have shown that the most effective way for parents to help ensure their child has a lifetime of healthy teeth is to help them establish great dental hygiene habits as they grow. Dr. Corns and her team at Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry are teaming up with parents to help keep kids engaged by making dental hygiene fun.
Some of the basic tips Dr. Corns gives her patients include:
Pick out a special toothbrush.
One great way to keep your child excited about brushing is to allow him or her to choose their own toothbrush in a favorite color or branded with a favorite cartoon character. Child-size soft-bristled brushes come in a wide variety of options designed to make your child like their toothbrush.
Choose children’s toothpaste.
Another great option is to use a toothpaste that is designed for kids. While adults generally prefer the fresh mouth taste of a minty toothpaste, many children find mint to be too powerful a flavor. This can make brushing unpleasant or even painful to sensitive taste buds. Instead, let your child choose a children’s toothpaste. There are many options available in a variety of soft mint, fruity, and bubble gum flavors. It is much easier to keep your child brushing for a full two minutes when their toothpaste tastes good.
Use a timer.
Two minutes can seem like a long time to a child. It can be very difficult for your child to try to estimate or count how long to brush without some kind of visual aid. You can help your child stay more engaged and ensure a full two minutes of brushing by using a timer. Choices range from a small sand timer your child can flip over, to a manual stopwatch with buttons to press, or even an app on a phone or tablet to time digitally (if your child is old enough). By letting your child take control of the timer, they can be more confident and more engaged in their brushing.
A parent is the first and strongest role model for their child. Brushing together can help your child model your great brushing technique, which will improve their own. Additionally, brushing together emphasizes to your child that brushing is important. When your child sees that you take dental hygiene seriously, they are likely to follow suit.
For more tips on making dental hygiene fun for your child or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Corns, contact our office.
Dr. Carisse Corns
Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
1111 Cumberland Crossing Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383