Tell me, my friend, do you floss regularly? I don’t do it daily. Sometimes, I forget and sometimes, I become too lazy to go to the washbasin and skip it. If we adult cannot do it regularly, how can we expect that kids will do it daily?
Though we often skip it, flossing plays an important role in the overall oral health. The American Dental Association recommends it at least once daily. Yes, you can take resolution today to do it. But, can you make sure that your kids will do it regularly? The answer is not so reassuring.
Well, the help is here.
In today’s article, I’m going to tell you five practical tips to encourage your kids to floss. Without further ado, let’s dive in:
Make flossing fun
My friend, flossing can be fun for kids. What you need to do is to make it a game. You can play a simple game of keeping a score for flossing between kids and parents. If you or your spouse doesn’t do it for a day, your kids will get certain points. Or if any of your kid doesn’t do, you will get points. Maintain the score for 15 days or 30 days. The team with the highest score wins the game. And don’t forget to include a prize in this game.
Give your kids presents for flossing
Tell your kids that they will receive presents if they don’t miss flossing in the given month. Believe me, my friend, this trick always works. But, you need to offer rewards which kids are interested in. Else, they will lose motivation.
Let kids choose their flossing products
The biggest mistake most parents commit is to choose flossing products for their kids. Kids need motivation. You should always let them choose their flossing products. This will make your kids feel that they have bought something and now they have to use it.
Floss together as a family
My kids floss happily together with us when my wife and I floss. Remember, my friend, kids love to do things together in the family. So make a habit of flossing together as a family. Your kids will not miss flossing. And a good thing is you will also not miss it when flossing becomes a family activity.
Also, you can make flossing a musical activity. Play your kids’ favorite music at flossing time. This will certainly encourage your kids to floss.
Show them what will happen if they miss flossing
Showing them what will happen to their teeth if they don’t floss daily is a good way to convince them to floss. You can easily find plenty of educational videos online that explains how not flossing can damage the teeth. My younger kid has started flossing daily ever since I showed her an educational video on flossing.
Flossing is very important for the oral health. If you follow these tactics, your kids will definitely do flossing regularly.