Now that it’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s a good idea to consider your little one’s smile. Since their teeth, gums, and oral hygiene habits are still growing, you’ll want to help set them up for success down the road. One of the best ways to encourage them to care for their pearly whites is by providing them with the reliable and exciting tools they need to make teeth cleaning a pleasant experience. Keep reading to learn about a few products that’ll make brushing and flossing something your child can look forward to!
Exciting & Tasty Toothpaste
While getting the same minty, fluoridated toothpaste might be fine for simply cleaning your smile, it might not offer much excitement for your little one. To make their experience more fun, you should try getting them toothpaste that comes in a variety of flavors and styles. Consider getting your child one of the following kinds of products:
- Tasty toothpaste – Some toothpaste comes in flavors like chocolate, vanilla, bubblegum, and more. Just remind your child to spit out excess amounts after brushing and to avoid swallowing it.
- Desensitizing toothpaste – If they have sensitive teeth, it may be best to get them products that are desensitizing to provide a more comfortable experience.
- Sparkly toothpaste – Some toothpaste consists of edible glitter or fun colors, giving a visual component to their teeth cleaning routine.
Electric Toothbrush for Children
Though they may seem sophisticated, electric toothbrushes are not only for adults. Some models are specifically made for children that are as young as three years old. These small and lightweight brushes make it easier for them to maneuver around their teeth and gums while effectively removing bacteria and plaque. You might even get one that lights up or makes sounds to encourage your little one to brush for two minutes.
Flossing isn’t a very popular teeth-cleaning process, even for adults. For this reason, you’ll want to find products that can make this part of your child’s routine more exciting while remaining effective. Try getting them ADA-approved flossing products like:
- Fun-flavored floss – Switch out minty floss with flavors like cinnamon, watermelon, or even cupcake for an exciting and tastier alternative.
- Pre-threaded floss – These take most of the stress out of cleaning between their pearly whites, especially when addressing their molars.
- Platypus flossers – If your child has braces, this product can make it easier for them to clean between their wires and brackets.
The oral hygiene practices your little one learns now can impact how well they take care of their smile in the future. Be sure to promote years of healthy teeth and gums by providing them with the right tools for the job!
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck is a proud member of numerous prominent organizations such as the American Dental Association and the Columbus Dental Society. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and continues to pursue advanced training to refine his techniques and expertise. He also offers multiple comprehensive services, including dental checkups/cleanings, periodontal therapy, and oral cancer screenings. If you want to know more on how to make teeth cleaning fun for your child, visit his website or call 614-792-1800.