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One of the bigger challenges parents will face when raising younger kids is getting them to consistently take care of their oral health. It’s hard to communicate the importance of the activity to kids who just can’t grasp the idea of only having one set of teeth for their entire life.

Luckily, Dr. Danielle Funny and Dr. Sonya Maynor in Charlotte, North Carolina have a few tips to help you better teach your kids the importance of oral health. Take a few minutes to see what the doctors recommend, and how you can help your kids.

Make it fun
Kids don’t seem to enjoy the taste of toothpaste, or the feeling of floss on their gums. They’re even less-fond of mouthwash.

There’s a reason kids’ toothpaste is made. You want to make sure to pick up toothpaste in flavors – and packaging – that kids will want to use. Just make sure you’re not choosing a toothpaste loaded with sugar.

Then there’s brushes. There’s a brush themed for just about every single cartoon character imaginable. If you let your kids pick out their own brush, chances are they’ll be much more likely to want to use it.

Explain it’s healthy
Depending on how old your kids are, you might be able to explain to them that brushing their teeth is a healthy thing to do. If you’ve raised them on healthier meals, this shouldn’t be too difficult a sale, either.

At the end of the day, you’ll need to help your kids through the first while of learning to brush their teeth. It will show them that it’s important, and something they shouldn’t overlook doing. If you have any questions, call our University Pediatric Dentistry team today at 704-688-1664.