1) Keep your basic routine
Right now, it’s easy to let routines slip. We appreciate it’s like groundhog day. However, keeping to a routine will not only help you to keep your sanity, but it will also help to keep the kids in the routine of cleaning their teeth.
2) Don’t let them snack all-day
Boredom can often result in snacking. Unfortunately snacking puts the teeth under constant attack and increases the chances of tooth decay.
3) Hit refresh
It’s been incredible to see how well kids are now washing their hands. Why not use this extra time to help teach them on improving their toothbrushing too? When you next go to the shops pick up some new toothbrushes to help signify that your refreshing your routine and freshening up their brushing routine.
4) Don’t reward with sweets
The days are so long staying at home! We’re all surviving the best we can. Most parents are guilty of sugar-coated bribe! But try and reward with non-sugar alternatives.
5) Look for healthy swaps
The NHS has a wonderful website about keeping children fit, active and healthy. It has some fantastic recipes that are pretty simple and some ideas for sugar swaps that can help reduce the amount of sugar your child consumes. Take a look: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life
6) Embrace technology
There are loads of ways that technology can help to improve your child’s brushing, and it’s getting better all the time! From YouTube videos for littles ones to apps that link your toothbrush to a phone app.
We dedicated a whole blog to this topic- ‘Brushing your kid’s teeth and how technology can help…’
7) Watch what they drink
Ideally, children (and adults!) should only be drinking water between meals and save sugar-containing drinks for mealtimes. If your child is used to drinking juice between meals, then be sure to choose no added sugar cordial.