Brushing and flossing their teeth is probably the last thing on your child’s mind. Sometimes they even dread doing it. There are, however, some things that you can do to make brushing seem less like a chore and feel more like fun.
Appeal to Their Tastes
Children can be picky when it comes to flavors. Try out toothpastes with different flavors and let your child pick their favorite one. The right toothpaste can make all the difference.
Give Them Control
Let them pick out their toothbrush. One with their favorite cartoon character or one that lights up might help them get excited about brushing. After you allow them to do this, you might have a harder time getting them to stop brushing.
Brush and Floss Together
Brushing your teeth together is one way to help kids understand what needs to be done and how to do it. When they are still young enough that you need to brush their teeth for them, give them a special doll or a stuffed animal and let them practice on the doll’s or bear’s teeth.
Give Lots of Compliments
Use positive reinforcement to show them that they are doing a great job. They’ll be more likely to continue when they see how happy you are, so perform a happy dance or whatever it takes to show them it’s something they should be excited about.
Make it Fun and Musical
Brush to their favorite song or make up a song that is two to three minutes long. When the music stops, they will be done brushing, and they’ve brushed for the recommended time.
Ask for Our Help
Teaching your child proper oral care as early as possible is essential to their oral health and even their overall health. Making brushing fun is a simple way to ensure that children don’t mind brushing their teeth. It can also make them look forward to it. If you’re having a hard time getting your child to brush their teeth, contact us so that we can help.