If you have a youngster in the house with braces in Omaha, NE, you probably already have an idea of how hard it can be to get them to take extra care with their oral hygiene. Getting kids to brush and floss is difficult enough, but with braces, even more, effort is needed to ensure oral hygiene. Here are some smart and fun tips to support oral hygiene for kids with braces.
Make Bad Foods Unavailable
This is a good time to clean out the snack drawer. Fruit rollups and bubble gum don’t miss well with braces. Consult with your dentist about smart, readily available snack ideas that won’t sabotage your child’s oral health.
Gift a Fancy Toothbrush
Invest in an electric or battery-operated toothbrush and wrap it up as a gift for your child. They’ll love getting an unexpected present and enjoy using this fun alternative to standard toothbrushes. It will likely make them want to brush their teeth more often, so they can use the device.
Invest in Some Fun Books About Braces
Give your child a few books about kids who wear braces. These fun and educational books let your child know they aren’t the only one wearing braces and gently remind them about the importance of oral hygiene.
Use Positive Reinforcement
If your child is younger, they might respond well to positive reinforcement, such as a calendar where they get a sticker for every day they brush after each meal, or a point accumulation system, where they can exchange earned points for a reward, such as a day out to a fun park, or something else.
If you have questions about early orthodontic treatment in Omaha, NE, or you’d like to book an appointment for your child to see an orthodontist, please get in touch with us today!