Six tips for getting your kids to brush their teeth
Getting kids to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day can be a challenge for many parents. However, establishing good oral care habits is important to your child's dental and overall health.
Here are six ways to make toothbrushing fun for your child:
Let them choose
Allow your child to select their favorite toothbrush and floss in the store. A toothbrush featuring a character that makes them smile or floss in their favorite color can make kids look forward to their oral care routine.
Try a toothbrush timer
Using a timer can make it easier for your child to brush for two minutes. Download a toothbrush timer app on your phone, purchase a sand timer in your child's favorite color or set an egg timer for two minutes. Some toothbrushes for kids even come with a built-in timer that lights up or plays a song.
Make it a party
Create a playlist of your child’s favorite songs. When it's time to brush their teeth, crank up the music and have a two-minute dance party! While they boogie, just be sure your child is brushing effectively.
Use positive reinforcement
Compliment your child for using proper brushing and flossing techniques. Create a chart and award stars for brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. Once your child earns a certain number of stars, reward them with a new book, small toy or later bedtime.
Lead by example
Kids love to mimic their parents. Show your child good dental care habits by making sure you are doing them! Make your oral care routine family time and demonstrate the proper way to floss and brush.
Maintain a routine
It may be tempting to let your child shorten or even skip brushing sessions on days when bedtime is later than normal, such as during vacation. However, keeping the same brushing and flossing routine daily is important to instilling good oral care habits.
Try these tips to help your child look forward to brushing and flossing!