Getting your children to take care of their dental health is not easy. No matter how many colorful toothbrushes you buy them or how delicious the flavor of their toothpaste is, they would still deem it easier to just give up on the additional task of brushing their teeth than to floss or brush.
While that approach could deflate your spirits to maintaining a healthy family dental regime, you really can’t blame your little tykes for feeling a little rebellious. After all, to their innocent minds, they are getting nothing out of the extra work than a few minutes in front of the sink.
That makes you think about how you can get them to do all sorts of chores, tasks and even their own grueling homework around Christmas by dangling Santa’s judgement over their heads. By throwing in the association of a popular childhood figure, you not only get them to behave in a “good” manner, but that behavior, through positive enforcement, continues well after the holidays.
Now, if only there was a figure such as Santa Claus who could serve as your family dentist…
Except, there is, and her name is the Tooth Fairy!
By enforcing positive lessons right from the Tooth Fairy, parents have effectively demonstrated the effects that the Tooth Fairy can have on their kids and their family dental regime.
Here’s how you can emulate the same through your parenting techniques.
Tell Your Kids How the Tooth Fairy Checks on Them As a Family Dentist
While it can be difficult to have your kids listen to you when you ask them to go brush their teeth before bedtime, your orders could have altogether different effects when they come with a stamp of approval from the Tooth Fairy.
Tell your kids that their childhood hero does not only exist to exchange their fallen teeth for money, but that it actually cares greatly about the state of the teeth that are collected from under their pillows.
Informing them how brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing them regularly could keep them in top shape, so that when the Tooth Fairy comes to get one of their fallen teeth, she leaves with a smile on her own face and leaving them with a star or two of appreciation in return, and maybe even a couple of extra dollars.
Integrating the concept of healthy eating habits and limiting the intake of soda and other sugary drinks could also be a good idea – which directly comes from the Tooth Fairy’s office.
This would also be a great time to introduce your children to the concept of a pediatric dentist. By telling them how a family dentist could help them achieve great dental health, you can slowly reveal the long-term concept of visiting a dentist throughout their lifetime as their own family dental practice to follow in the future.
By introducing this concept of giving “good” teeth to the Tooth Fairy and ensure her approval along with some great earnings (at least to your child), you can incentivize the action of maintaining great dental health for your kids. Within a few years, it would gradually dawn on your kids that keeping their teeth healthy is not only good for earning brownie points with the Tooth Fairy but for their own self, at which point your personal investment of these stories and the few bucks you kept under their pillow would pay off quite well.