It might seem like just yesterday your little tyke was just that. Suddenly, you’re chauffering a busy tween to school, soccer practice, swimming lessons and friends’ houses. The older they get, the more time they spend away from home. You can’t monitor everything they eat, and you know they’re not brushing their teeth after every meal. So how can you make sure that your tween’s oral hygiene habits don’t go to the dogs?
Here are a few tips:
- Reinforce the importance of good oral hygiene. Stress that brushing and flossing regularly is just as important as showering.
- Set a timer. It’s easy for your tween to pop in to the bathroom for 30 seconds and claim to have a clean mouth. But you likely know better. Get your tween brushing for a full two-minutes by keeping a timer in the bathroom. Your tween will soon see that 2 minutes flies by.
- Buy products just for them. Make sure that they like the flavour of their toothpaste and have a toothbrush that feels comfortable to them. Even something as simple to use as Oral-B Pro-Health For Me Floss Picks makes it easy to care for their teeth almost anywhere.
- Have spare supplies on hand. Toothbrushes get left behind everywhere. Have extras on hand in case of emergencies. They also come in handy when you’re hosting a sleepover and one of your child’s friends forgets to pack theirs.
- Reward cavity-free check ups. Your kids will feel better about their twice-yearly check-ups if there’s something in it for them.
Visit Crest Pro-Health for more ideas and information about fostering good oral hygiene habits at home.
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