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At UPD Dental Associates (University Pediatric Dentistry), we have an uncompromising promise to deliver dental education and awareness to the Western New York community. Below are some tips, articles and links to improve your family’s oral health. Also, make sure to come see us at local schools and events near you!

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Tips & Tricks to make Brushing your Child’s Teeth Fun & Educational

Published on Thursday, May 9, 2024

Tips & Tricks to make Brushing your Child’s Teeth Fun & Educational

Are you ready to turn the mundane task of brushing teeth into an exciting adventure for your little ones? Look no further! Here at UPD Dental Associates keeping those pearly whites healthy and bright is our top priority.

Are you ready to turn brushing your teeth into an exciting adventure for your little ones? Look no further! Here at UPD Dental Associates, our top priority is keeping those pearly whites healthy and bright. 

With seven convenient UPD locations, including services for individuals with disabilities, our pediatric dental offices ensure that every child receives the care they deserve. But oral health isn't just about visits to the dentist; it starts at home with a daily routine of toothbrush twice daily and good oral hygiene habits that can last a lifetime. 

As parents, we understand the struggle of convincing our kids to brush their teeth willingly. That's why we've compiled some tips and tricks to make toothbrushing a fun and educational experience for the whole family.   

1. Make It a Game: Turn toothbrushing into a game by setting a timer and challenging your child to brush for the entire duration. You can even add a competitive incentive by awarding points for thoroughness. Make sure they brush the top and bottom rows as well as behind their teeth. Reaching into those hard-to-get-to spots way in the back is vital and can be easy to miss. 

2. Choose the Right Tools: Let your child pick out their toothbrush and toothpaste in fun colors and characters. This will give them a sense of ownership and excitement about their oral care routine. 

3. Sing Along: Turn toothbrushing time into a mini concert by singing their favorite songs or creating a special toothbrushing anthem together. Not only does this make the process more enjoyable, but it also helps them brush for the recommended two minutes.  Don't forget to brush the tongue.  

4. Lead by Example: Show your kids that oral hygiene is essential by brushing and flossing together as a family. Floss like a boss! Children often mimic their parent's behavior, so they demonstrate good brushing techniques and emphasize the importance of thoroughness. 

5. Educate and Empower: Take the time to teach your children about the importance of oral hygiene and how it contributes to overall health. Use age-appropriate books, videos, or fun facts about teeth to engage their curiosity and encourage them to take pride in their smiles. 

Written by Michael Ferris

Why is oral hygiene so important, you may ask? Aside from preventing cavities and gum disease, maintaining good oral health can positively impact your child's overall well-being. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to various health issues, including heart disease and diabetes, making it essential to instill good habits from an early age. 

So, whether your little one dreams of being a dentist or loves a good challenge, let's make toothbrushing a fun and educational experience they'll look forward to every day. Together, we can ensure their smiles shine brightly for years! Check out the video below and use it as a reference when your little ones are brushing. Two minutes is the ideal time when brushing your teeth—twice daily, of course! 

We can't wait to see your little ones and all the progress they've made at home.

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