If your child is having a hard time adjusting to the two-times-a-day brushing schedule, continue reading to learn the five top tips for encouraging kids to have fun brushing their teeth.
Let them pick out their own brush and toothpaste.
Allowing your child to go shopping with you to pick out their very own toothbrush and toothpaste can create a positive outlook on brushing their teeth. They may want to choose a character toothbrush that will help make the experience more fun. It is also a great idea to choose a kid-flavored toothpaste and an extra-soft children’s toothbrush to improve the process. Some examples of kid-friendly toothpaste flavors include strawberry, bubblegum, and watermelon, rather than mint.
Keep to a routine.
It is important for your child to understand that brushing their teeth is a part of their daily schedule, both in the morning and at night. Strictly keeping to this routine even after a long day or on vacation will help this task come second nature.
Show them their favorite characters brushing.
There are many books, shows, and cartoons that portray your child’s favorite characters as they brush their teeth. Hearing it from their favorite TV or book characters may give them the extra push they need to brush their teeth for a clean and sparkling smile.
Set a good example for your child by brushing your teeth with them. Instead of standing over the sink waiting for them to brush, show them you also prioritize brushing your teeth and do the task together.
Being rewarded for completing a task may encourage your child to brush their teeth without being told to do so. Create a reward chart and let them add a sticker each time they brush. You could also allow your child to pick out an extra book to read before bed if they brush each day that week. Even something as simple as saying “I am so proud of you” can reward a child for brushing their teeth.
If you have any further questions regarding encouraging your children to brush their teeth, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced dental team. We would be happy to give you a few pointers to ensure your children are brushing away all of their germs to avoid cavities down the line. Give us a call today to learn more.
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