AAPD President Shares New Year’s Resolution for a Healthy Smile

January 10, 2014 03:13 PM
It is the beginning of the new year, and many have resolutions for 2014. AAPD President Dr. Warren Brill rang in the new year by continuing to shed some light on the importance of oral health for parents and caregivers. Brill was featured as a guest blogger in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Healthy Kids blog on ways for parents to encourage children to practice healthy oral habits. Here is a highlight of the blog post:
Make Brushing a Blast
Brushing does not need to be a bore. Download a favorite tune (around two minutes is ideal) to your smartphone and play it for your child twice-daily during their brushing sessions. Swap it up weekly, daily or whenever your child wants a change. Younger kids may prefer you sing to them while brushing their teeth. Simple songs like the ABCs and Mary Had a Little Lamb are great because you can sing them as many times as you need to get their teeth clean.
Kids like to flex their independence, even in small ways, so let them pick out their favorite toothbrush and toothpaste. Even if you have to buy separate toothpaste for yourself because your tastes don’t match, it’s worth the investment if your kids are brushing more. Look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance when selecting toothpaste and be sure the toothbrush is age appropriate.
The piece was posted online on January 1, 2014. To continue reading the blog post in its entirety, visit http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/healthy_kids/Get-kids-excited-about-healthy-teeth-in-the-new-year.html.

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