As a child my mum always drummed into me how important it was to brush my teeth, I also remember her saying that she always wanted us to have 'nice teeth'. Now that I am a mum myself I kind of understand where she was coming from as the first thing I notice about someone is their smile, closely followed by their teeth. Now that I am in my thirties I admit that my teeth are not as nice as they once were, three pregnancies and too much coffee has certainly stopped them being pearly white and strong like they used to be that's for sure.
I think in this day and age it is kind of expected that you have 'nice teeth' as every celebrity seems to have perfect straight white teeth. Obviously this is normally down to cosmetic dental treatments that they have undergone from clinics such as The Centre For Advanced Dentistry Yorkshire, I quiet like the idea of teeth whitening myself.
With this in mind I like to make sure that my own children have good dental hygiene as I don't want them to be unhappy with their teeth when they are older. Being a mum to a teen and two toddlers I know first hand what a hard job this can be at times, my teen often forgets to brush her teeth and my one year old is not too keen on having his teeth brushed yet. My three year old on the other hand loves it!
I have found that the best way to get my little ones to enjoy brushing their teeth is to let them pick their own toothbrush, my teen has a pink one, three year old has a princess one and my one year old a green dinosaur one. I also buy them their own children's toothpaste and I buy mouthwash and floss for my teen. I also found that letting my children see me brushing my own teeth helps them to see it as normal and something that they need to do.
I also ensure that my children visit the dentist regularly too, my teen has been going quiet often lately as she still has quiet a few of her baby teeth so she has been having them removed. My toddlers are not so keen at the moment, I am hoping as they get older the lure of a sticker will help them be more cooperative. I am hoping that by getting them into a good dental hygiene habit early and getting them used to visiting the dentist from a young age, they wont't grow up with a phobia of dentists when they are older like their dad has.
Do you have any tips for helping little ones get into the habit of brushing there teeth and visiting the dentist ? If so I would love to know in the comments below.
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