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What Would Santa Do?

By: Dr. Ratti Handa on December 22nd, 2016

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Sometimes you just need a fresh perspective.

It’s easy to get in a rut—especially when you have small kids and you’re trying so hard to establish consistent, healthy habits. I don’t know about you but when my kids were young, brushing teeth was a constant battle. Whether we were getting ready for school or going to bed, brushing teeth was rarely a pleasant experience.

“Why is dental health so difficult for so many families?” you may be asking.

And I counter with, “What would Santa do?”

That’s right—Santa! He is magical and jolly and brings great things to our lives each and every year.  If you think about it, the holidays are truly a wonderful time to try something new: our routines become more relaxed and we begin to reassess what works and what doesn’t. What a perfect time to introduce a new approach to your children!

So conjure your finest Santa-like spirit and try the following with your kids:

– Play some fun music when it’s time to brush. Christmas music is a great place to start!

– Help your kids make up a silly dance while they brush. You could do it to the tune of “Here Comes Santa Claus” for example!

– Encourage your kids to brush together instead of one at a time.

– Got an Elf on the Shelf? Have your child practice brushing the Elf’s teeth. They do eat a lot of cookies and candy after all!

– Don’t forget to be a good example. Brush with your kids—it’s important for them to understand that good dental health is important for people of all ages!

And of course, please do not forget to practice patience. Santa is a master of patience and joy—the two main ingredients key to a wonderful holiday and happy life!

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