“Time to brush your teeth”. Does this phrase instill dread in your children? Turn it into a fun activity and help your kids love to brush! Proper brushing can set your children up for a lifetime of good dental health, and forming good habits in childhood is essential. You can help your kids love to brush their teeth with these easy tips and suggestions.
Buy a fun toothbrush
Get your kids excited about brushing with a toothbrush featuring their favorite characters or colors. Letting your child pick out their own toothbrush can get them excited about brushing. Make sure you choose an appropriate size for your child’s mouth and one with soft bristles.
Use a different toothpaste
It may be that your child doesn’t love brushing because of the flavor of their toothpaste. There are so many options today, from mint to strawberry, that you are sure to find one that your child will love.
Turn on some music
Music makes everything more fun, including brushing your teeth! Playing music can not only make brushing playful, you can use the song length to encourage your child to brush longer. Making sure they are brushing for a proper length of time (2 minutes) ensures they are getting their teeth clean.
Use games and stories
Make the toothbrush a superhero rescuing the teeth from evil plaque! Pretend the teeth are pots and pans you are scrubbing clean! Getting creative can make brushing more fun; ask your child to come up with their own epic tooth story!
Maybe brushing well will result in extra reading time, or another special treat. Reward your child for a job well done, and they will be encouraged to continue to brush.
Set a Good Example
Your child will not be motivated to brush if they never see you do it! Be a good example of oral health and hygiene to your child.
Even if your child is resistant, using the above suggestions will help them get excited about brushing! Stay positive, give them encouragement, and know that you are helping them develop good tooth brushing behavior that will follow them into adulthood.