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When your child gets to be around 5 or 6 years of age, it's important for you to convince them to start taking care of their teeth on their own, without constant prompting from you. However, oral hygiene is easy for a young child to put off and even forget about. You can use one of the 3 systems below to help your child transition to taking care of their own teeth.
Make a chore chart
You can hang a chore chart up in the bathroom that has instructions for every day of the month reminding your child to brush their teeth and use mouthwash before bed. Hang a pen from the chart so your child can mark off each chore as they complete them.
In the beginning you should double check the chart nightly so you know your child's teeth aren't being neglected. After you see they are following the chart then you can give them some leeway and go to checking it weekly. When you see they've marked off all the chores each week, you want to give them a reward.
Set reminder alarms
You can put an alarm clock in your child's room and have it go off at certain times of the day to remind them they need to care for their teeth. You can set the alarm about 15 minutes before their bedtime as a reminder to brush their teeth and have it set for a few minutes after they wake up to remind them to brush in the morning.
Teach your child how to keep their own tooth journal
Your child may find it very fun to keep a daily journal as they take care of their teeth. You can even let your child know that instead of writing what they have done each day, they can draw pictures. You can buy a journal that has the days of the week printed on each page and this will help your child learn about the days of the week as they keep track of their oral care. You can give your child rewards along the way as you check their journal and see that they are doing what they should.
No matter which system you choose to use for your child, it's important to sneak a peek at their progress, especially in the beginning. You don't want them to go under the radar and have their teeth pay the price. However, these systems will help transition your child to taking care of their teeth on their own.
Learning how to take proper care of your child's teeth will help them keep their teeth and gums in healthy condition and prevent tooth decay and a future of possibly dealing with gum disease. If you or a loved one requires the services of a periodontist, visit Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute.