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If your child has a hard time getting motivated to clean their smile, then our Faith Cousins DDS team has some tips for you!

Oral hygiene is vital for your oral health. In fact, if you don’t clean your teeth on a regular basis, there is a chance you could suffer from tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues. This is why you should get your child excited about oral hygiene at a young age. To help you do so, we encourage you to do the following things:

Get products that are made for kids: When you go to the store, buy a child’s toothbrush and toothpaste. These tools usually have cartoon characters on them, which can make brushing fun for kids. You can also try finding a type of floss your child gets excited about. If your child likes the tools they are using, they will most likely like cleaning their smile.

Make it a game: If your child thinks brushing and flossing is a game, they’ll be more likely to clean their smile. So, have them try and make as many bubbles as possible when brushing. You can also tell them that flossing is a secret way of cleaning the harmful particles from your smile, which means the floss is almost like a superhero!

Brush with them: A lot of the time children enjoy brushing if you brush along with them. Make the oral hygiene routine a family activity. You can even get the dog involved! If you all brush together, you’ll all work toward healthy smiles together.

These tips can help you motivate your child to take good care of their smiles. If they fail to help you, feel free to ask your dentist, Dr. Faith Cousins, to talk to your child and tell them about the many dental issues that occur if they don’t clean their teeth each day. All you need to do is call 301-589-2714 and schedule an appointment. We are happy to help you in any way we can!