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Although I love my daughter, I have never loved how sneaky she can be. After she kept coming home from dental checkups with cavities, I told her that candy had to stay out of our house until her checkups improved. Well, she found a loophole in our agreement, and she kept eating candy at friends' houses and at school. I realized I was fighting a losing battle, so I asked her dentist what we could do. He told me that she was a good candidate for a dental sealant that coated her teeth and protected them from decay. I could not believe there was such an easy way to help improve her smile. I had the sealant applied to her molars, and she hasn't had a cavity since! I created this blog to spread the word about how well dental sealants can work to help preserve children's smiles.

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Suggestions For Getting Your Child To Brush For 2 Minutes

by Vera Bradley

Morning and evening routines are crucial for developing your child's hygiene. You want to establish habits of bathing, changing underclothes, brushing, and even flossing teeth at a young age. While you might run into a few bumps in the road, there are a few ways you can make brushing teeth a fun experience and ensure your child is brushing for the right amount of time.

Every child responds differently to parenting techniques, so it's important to find what works for you and stick to it. Under the age of 7, it is still recommended that you brush your child's teeth instead of allowing your child that liberty. This ensures that teeth are properly cleaned. Instead of wrestling your child to the ground every morning and evening, try making teeth brushing appealing by using one of these approaches:

  • Offer Sugar-Free Rewards: Find something little and inexpensive that your child loves, such as stickers, and tell your child that for every 30 seconds they let you brush their teeth, they will get one reward. Your child can earn up to 4 stickers (or whatever you end up using) for every teeth brushing session.
  • Make a Chart: Charts and kids tend to go together pretty well. So instead of giving up 8 little rewards each day, make a chart and keep track of how many times your child allowed you to brush their teeth for 2 minutes without fighting you. When that is filled, allow them to pick out a larger prize or choose something fun to do as a family. Another option here is to fill a jar with pebbles or beans and when that is full plan some sort of large reward.
  • Use a Timer Creatively: Have you seen the time out chair? It's a small, child-sized stool that doubles as a giant hourglass timer. You can make your own and tell your child to sit on it while you brush their teeth. It might be more effective to mix it up and you sit on it while your child watches to see when the time is up.
  • Use an App or Song: There are some timed tooth brushing apps available for phones and tablets. Your child can watch a 2 minute mini-clip of their favorite animated characters while you brush their teeth. Or, if your child has a favorite song, play a recording of it or sing it to your child while brushing. Hopefully your child is distracted long enough for you to clean those cute baby teeth!

Teaching your child good hygiene may seem like a long, fruitless task, but it can be made easier with a few changes in your strategy. Instead of treating it like a chore, make your child feel that this is special one-on-one time with you. Offer some sort of reward or distraction. Soon, brushing teeth will be a positive experience for both of you.

Visit a local children's dentist for more advice.

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