It is difficult enough to make sure that your little ones are sticking to a healthy oral care routine but the battle doesn’t always get easier as they grow older.
So, we have put together a few tips for helping your tween or preteen ace their oral health.
Are you frustrated with their lack of effort when it comes to maintaining their pearly whites? Do you wish someone else had warned you about the risk of certain smile-impacting behaviors long ago? Be an open book!
(Sugarcoating the realities of any type of dental procedure is not a great call either, as it may destroy trust. Come up with coping strategies together instead!)
2. Encourage Them To Talk To Their Dentist
Do what you can to let them know that their dentist would be happy to answer any questions they have. Make it clear that they do not have to run these by you, either! Feeling a sense of autonomy is really important for those in this age bracket.
3. Show, Don’t Just Tell
Nagging is annoying; to hear and to have to do. One of the best ways that you can convince your beloved kid to brush and floss regularly and thoroughly is to actually do this yourself. Actions speak way louder than words. (Plus, we all know that they are rock-stars at tuning out anything they don’t want to listen to anyway, right?)
4. Try To Make Appointments With Their Schedules In Mind
We know, we know, this isn’t always doable! But try to involve them in planning, rather than simply telling them when it is happening. For example, offer up a few date options and see whether they have any preferences.
Hope this is helpful!