For most kids, taking care of their teeth is something that gets in the way of playtime or that interrupts their favorite cartoons. However, you can change this by making tooth brushing time something that they look forward to. This may take a little extra effort on your part, but once you get your kids in the habit of taking care of their teeth without any arguments, you will be well on your way to raising them to caring for their teeth without putting to off and without a lot of arguments.
You can make it exciting by writing interesting facts on a piece of paper that is folded up and taped to the mirror. They can only read the paper after they have taken care of their teeth. Luckily, the Internet offers you an endless supply of these facts, but here are a few to help get you started:
Americans use fourteen million gallons worth of tooth paste in any given year
To make this fact even more impressive you can remind them that this is equal to fourteen million gallons of milk and they know how big those are. Fourteen million gallons of tooth paste wouldn't even fit in your house!
58% of teenagers have at least one cavity
By letting your child know that as many as 58% of teens have cavities, you are reminding them just how easy it is for them to get cavities. For an added affect you can even tape a picture of a scary looking cavity on the paper; this should give them added incentive for taking care of their teeth properly!
People prefer to use blue tooth brushes over red ones
This is just one of those little facts that is interesting to know. It also indicates that even some women would prefer to use a blue tooth brush over one that's red. This may be especially interesting to your child if they happen to like blue tooth brushes as well, or even if they are in the minority that prefers red.
The first tooth brushes were made in the late 1400's from animal hair
The very first tooth brushes can be traced back to China and some of the most common things used to make the bristles were hair from animals such as horses, hogs and even badgers.
There is no end to the amount of fun and interesting facts you can dig up about teeth, or even the mouth in general. Who knows, if you make dental care interesting enough for your child you may even find that you have a future dentist on your hands. But, one thing is for sure and that is you will have an increased chance of raising a child that doesn't mind taking good care of their teeth. Contact a dentist, like Lake Pleasant Dentistry, for more help.