Monday, July 18, 2016

Don't Let Kids Take a Vacation from Their Dentail Hygiene Routine

Sleeping in late, staying up past their regular bed time, playing with friends all day, chasing down the ice cream truck. These are just a few of the joys of being a kid during summer vacation. While summer break typically means a more relaxed schedule than the one during the school year, there are some routines that still need to be enforced, like dental hygiene.

Parents, don't let kids off the hook when it comes to brushing and flossing over the summer, especially if they're consuming more surgery snacks and treats like ice cream, popsicles, and other not-so-healthy munchies! Here are some ideas to inspire the kids to keep up with their oral hygiene when it's the last thing they have on their minds.

Get kids excited with a cool new brush

Toss that old boring brush and let the kids pick out brand new, fun, cool brushes to help inspire them to keep up their brushing habit. Brushes come in fun superhero characters, Disney princesses, and other brightly colored and bedazzled options that can make brushing seem like a game rather than a chore.

Tasty Toothpaste

In addition to the fun brush let the kids pick out yummy toothpaste flavors created by most manufacturers to get kids to brush. From fruit flavors like strawberry, watermelon, and bubblegum to fun sparkles and colors, kid-friendly products may just seem like an extra treat rather than toothpaste.

Offer an Enticement

While most people don't like the idea of bribing their children, sometimes it's a necessary evil, especially when it's for a healthy cause. Tie a reward directly to brushing teeth like offering thirty minutes of extra play time before going to bed.

Brush at the Same Time

Perhaps the best way to make sure kids are brushing and flossing is to do it with them. Turn it into a game by counting the same number of circular motions per tooth, or see who can floss the fastest. Just make sure they're not taking any shortcuts.

Keeping kid's in the habit of maintaining good oral hygiene during the summer can help keep them out the dentist's chair in the fall.

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