Parents who are having trouble getting their children to administer dental care on their teeth may want to try a creative approach to spur interest.
Maryland resident Lisa Nolan sings the alphabet as her children brush their teeth and associates different groups of letters with certain teeth, HometownAnnapolis.com reports. For example, the letters A through F represent the bottom left teeth.
"It keeps them brushing long enough. Left to their own devices, it wouldn't last that long," Nolan told the news provider.
Nolan said once her two children finish the song, their teeth have "gotten a fairly good scrubbing," though she still checks afterwards to be sure, according to the article.
Early dental care practices can increase a child's dental health as they mature and help them avoid tooth decay, the single most common chronic childhood disease, according to the American Dental Association. Aside from routine dental care, dentists can also apply a sealant to the teeth to prevent or reduce the incidence of teeth decay.
Dental care routines developed in childhood can follow a person into adulthood, which can be especially helpful in times when dental insurance may not be available.
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