A young girl sits in a dental chair with a dental bib, holding a stuffed rabbit and high-fiving the dentist.

Many parents grapple with the challenge of making dental care appealing to children, often finding it difficult to instill the importance of maintaining oral health in a way that’s both fun and engaging. From leveraging themed dental products to introducing reward systems, this blog aims to encourage healthy habits early on, ensuring that children grow up with a positive attitude toward dental hygiene. 

Importance of Early Dental Care

Building Healthy Habits

It’s crucial to start dental care early and build healthy habits that can follow kids into adulthood. One of the most important habits is ensuring that kids understand the importance of dental care and know how to brush properly. A few ways to help build these habits are:

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Many adults suffer from dental anxiety for various reasons, so creating positive experiences early on is important in preventing this. Start by taking your child to the dentist for regular cleanings, which are a chance for your little one to get to know their dentist and the clinic.

Remind your child of upcoming appointments and explain what will happen during them. Role-playing what will happen in the dentist’s chair can also help prepare them for the experience. Sometimes, the anxiety children feel over dental appointments is due to not understanding them. Explain the importance of having a dentist look at their teeth in a way that will help them feel confident about the experience.

Creative Tips to Make Dental Care Fun

Themed Dental Hygiene Products

Many brands seek to appeal to children through their unique styles and colours of various dental hygiene products. Toothbrushes and toothpaste with cartoon characters,  superheroes, and bright patterns are readily available in most stores. If you allow them to pick out their favourite, they might be more inclined to keep up with brushing regularly.

Storytime and Songs

Find a story or song that you can use to make brushing and flossing more interesting. Singing while brushing your teeth is difficult, but you can find videos online that can be played on a phone for the child to watch. By having something else to focus on, the time it takes to brush their teeth will feel like it goes by quickly.

Reward Systems

If you already use a reward chart, add dental hygiene to your task list. Every time they brush their teeth, they can be rewarded within your pre-established system. If you don’t have something set up, you can still easily create one. Even just putting a small sticker on the family calendar and giving your child a small gift at a determined milestone can go a long way to make dental hygiene something they want to do.

Role of Parents in Pediatric Dental Care

Leading by Example

You are the first person your child will learn dental hygiene from, so it’s important to show them the ropes. If your child sees you brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash daily, then they are more likely to internalize those habits and continue them as well. It can also be a good opportunity to improve your own dental hygiene routine!

Starting Your Child’s Dental Hygiene Journey

At Yazdani Family Dentistry, we understand that emphasizing early dental care and instilling healthy habits from a young age are foundational in ensuring lifelong dental health and mitigating dental anxiety. Parents play a crucial role in this process, not only by overseeing their children’s brushing techniques and introducing fun elements into the routine but also by acting as role models through their own dental hygiene practices. Contact us today to learn more about childhood dentistry and how you can help build better habits within your family.

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani has helped to restore the smiles and self-confidence of countless clients since opening Yazdani Family Dentistry in 2001. As CEO and Director, he has amassed thousands of hours of comprehensive training and real-world experience in his decades-long tenure. Dr. Yazdani is deeply passionate about his work, family, and making the most of life itself.

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