As a new school year kicks off, it’s the ideal time for kids to embrace healthy habits, starting with their oral hygiene. One simple yet effective way to do this is by integrating teeth-brushing exercises into their lunchtime routine.
Brushing their teeth is not typically something kids are keen on when they wake up or before they go to sleep, so it may seem daunting to get your kids to think about oral hygiene while at school. But it’s a great way to ensure clean teeth and healthy gums. So rather than just rushing through lunch, encourage your kids to take a few minutes after they eat to brush their teeth. This routine not only helps remove food particles, especially for kids with braces, but it also prevents the buildup of plaque throughout the day.
To make this habit stick, parents can pack a small travel toothbrush and toothpaste in their child’s lunchbox. Perhaps a gentle reminder on their smartphone or watch can ensure they don’t forget their post-lunch brushing.
Transforming brushing into an enjoyable activity can further motivate children to practice good oral hygiene. They can challenge themselves to brush for the recommended two minutes by humming a favorite tune or using a sand timer for added fun.
Additionally, involving friends can turn teeth brushing into a shared experience. By partnering up with a friend, kids can make this routine more engaging and it may help ensure they stick to it.
Choosing teeth-friendly lunches is another crucial aspect of reinforcing good oral hygiene habits. Including fruits, vegetables, and water – while avoiding sugary snacks and beverages – contributes to your children’s overall health and makes oral hygiene a priority.
By establishing these new dental habits, kids can kickstart the school year with a radiant smile and the knowledge that they’re taking proactive steps for their well-being.