It’s important to practice strong dental hygiene with your kids on a daily basis. And if there are areas in your dental hygiene routine where you can improve, the beginning of a new year is a great time to work on them. Here is a look at five simple dental care resolutions you might consider making with your kids at the start of 2017.
Brush twice daily.
Brushing twice daily is still a struggle in many families with children. If your kids still haven’t developed a habit of brushing their teeth twice daily, make this dental care resolution your top priority.
Brush for a full two minutes every time.
This resolution will require some diligence, but it’s a simple, conscious decision that you and your kids can make every time you brush your teeth. Fortunately, there are a variety of fun ways that you can encourage your kids to brush for a full two minutes. Consider downloading a special tooth brushing app that will play a favorite song for two minutes, or investing in some new toothbrushes and toothpaste that will make tooth brushing fun. You’ll even find electric toothbrushes now that have built-in timers.
Floss once daily.
Studies estimate that only about half of Americans floss daily. If you and your kids are part of the half of Americans who neglect to loss daily, consider making flossing your dental care resolution for this year. Opt for a fun flavor of traditional floss, or try plastic flossers if your kids will take to those better.
Cut down on soda and juice.
Sugary drinks like soda and juice are infamous for their cavity causing properties. Consider cutting down on soda in your household, and if your kids like juice, try watering down the juice the drink or opting for infused water instead. Water and milk make for better drink options for strong dental health because they help flush food particles from the mouth without leaving tons of sugar behind. (Milk is even rich in calcium, which is known to help teeth remineralize.)
See your dentist twice this year.
Most dentists will recommend paying them a visit once every six months to help keep up with preventative care and any new dental health conditions. Make it a point for you and your children to visit your respective dentists twice this year.