September is the official back-to-school month. It is a great time of year to reset your child's dental habits and make sure that their dental health is on a positive path.
#1 Visit The Dentist
Make an appointment for your child with the dentist this month. The start of the school year is a great time to take your child to the dentist. It will help get your child back on track with their dental care and will help stress the importance of dental care as you start the school year.
When you schedule the appointment, make sure that indicated that you want your child's teeth cleaned and x-rays taken. Also, ask if the dentist can take some time explaining dental health tips to your child at the appointment.
#2 Buy A New Toothbrush
Ideally, you should purchase a new toothbrush for your child every three months or so. As soon as the bristles on the brush start to fray, the brush needs to be replaced. The bristles on the toothbrush should be soft; they will ensure that your child's teeth are clean without irritating the gums.
It is a good idea to have two toothbrushes for your child as well. One toothbrush for brushing their teeth in the morning and one for the evening. Having two toothbrushes will make their morning and evening teeth brushing routines feel distinct. It will also ensure that their toothbrushes have had time to dry off completely before using them again.
#3 Let Your Child Pick Out Their Toothbrush
Don't just purchase a new toothbrush for your child. Involve them in the process. Take your child with you and show them the toothbrushes they can choose from, and allow your child to pick out their toothbrush. This will give them ownership over their toothbrush and provide them with additional motivation to brush their teeth every day.
Get a couple of spare toothbrushes as well. If your child ever gets sick, you are going to want to replace their toothbrush right away.
#4 Create Time For Teeth Brushing
Finally, make sure that you create time for tooth brushing. Do not always make it a rushed task that has to happen right before running out the door or right before going to bed. Set aside specific times in the morning and evening for teeth brushing. Establish fun rituals, such as brushing their teeth to a song or brushing their teeth to a fun timer. Dedicating specific time to these tasks as well as making your child's tooth brushing routine fun will ensure that they stay on top of their dental health.