The school year is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about back-to-school preparations. This includes making sure your child’s teeth and gums are healthy and ready for the new year.

But what if you’re tired of the same old boring oral care routine? What if you want to take a fresh approach to keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy? 

If so, you’re in luck! Here are a few tips for a totally different back-to-school oral care approach: 

  1. Make it fun.

Let’s face it, brushing and flossing can be boring. So why not make it fun? There are a lot of ways to do this, such as: 

  • Playing games while brushing, such as “I Spy” or “Simon Says.” 
  • Using a fun toothbrush with a character your child loves. 
  • Let your child choose their own toothpaste flavor. 
  • Making brushing a family fun time. 
  1. Make it educational.

Help your child understand why good oral care is essential. Explain how plaque and tartar can build up on teeth and cause cavities. Talk about the importance of flossing to remove food particles and plaque from between the teeth. 

You can also use this opportunity to teach your child about the different parts of the mouth and how they work together. This will help them understand the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums. 

  1. Make it easy.

Make sure your child has everything they need to brush and floss properly. This includes a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and floss. You may also want to invest in a water flosser or a sonic toothbrush. 

Also, ensure your child drinks a lot of water throughout the day. Water helps to wash away food particles and plaque, which can help prevent cavities. 

  1. Make it a habit.

The best way to ensure your child brushes and flosses regularly is to make it a habit. This means brushing and flossing at the same time every day, such as after breakfast and before bed. 

You can also set a timer to help your child brush for the recommended two minutes. And don’t forget to praise your child for brushing and flossing properly! 

  1. Make it a family affair.

Show your child that good oral care is important by setting a good example. Brush and floss your teeth regularly in front of your child. This will show them that brushing and flossing is something everyone does, and it will help them develop good oral hygiene habits. 

By following these tips, you can help your child develop a lifelong love of good oral care. And who knows, they might even start to enjoy brushing and flossing! And don’t forget, before sending your kids back to school, get those little pearls a thorough dental clean-up at Bravo! Dental.

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