While brushing and flossing every day is a necessity, many children forget. And some are even defiant and ignore mom and dad’s requests to care for their teeth. It may feel tempting to tell your child, “Your dentist is going to be super upset if you don’t brush,” but this form of communication is often more harmful than beneficial. While it stresses the importance of caring for their teeth, it makes children think of their upcoming dental visit as a punishment and creates unnecessary stress before their appointment.
Children need to know that dentists are here to help, not punish them for poor oral care. If you have a defiant (or forgetful) child, try making their routine more fun! Creating a personalized process will make your child feel more excited about caring for their teeth and reinforce healthy habits. It will also allow you to get your point across without creating a negative association with the dentist. Please check out one of our most recent blogs to learn some easy tips to make oral care fun for your child!