It can be a daily struggle to convince, or coerce, your kids to brush. It takes up precious time they could spend having fun and it’s frankly not a priority for them. Instead of feeling like you’re going into battle every morning and evening, follow these tips we use to inspire kids to brush their teeth!
Younger kids often struggle with the mechanics of proper brushing. Ask your son or daughter to pretend to be a large animal like a lion to make sure their very back teeth are getting attention, too.
Make oral hygiene a family event to share the best brushing and flossing habits with your kids. They’ll learn by mimicking what you do. Demonstrate making circle motions, instead of sweeping back and forth across the tooth’s surface.
Most children over the age of two are able to brush their own teeth. Let your child feel that rush of independence, knowing that they can competently take care of their own bodies (at least a little bit). Make sure you’ve already gone over proper brushing techniques and supervise them at all times.
Let them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste flavor. The more invested, and excited, they are about their special tools, the more willing they’ll be to use them.
We hear it all the time from kids, brushing is boring. But it doesn’t have to be! Make it a fun two-minute game. Sing a song or hold a competition between your kids for who can last the longest.
Positive reinforcements go a long way. Acknowledge every time your son or daughter remembers to brush on their own. You can even set up a reward sticker system with fun prizes and activities – but steer clear of candy prizes!
Explain why brushing is so important. Your kids will have heard it from their dentist but when you emphasize the value of oral hygiene, it is more likely to sink in. Feel free to spice up the story with evil plaque antagonists and the magical toothbrush coming to the rescue!
Really effective brushing is bound to create some bubbles. Encourage your child to make as many bubbles as possible, with proper brushing technique of course. They’ll be amazed at how many they can make.
If all else fails, show them exactly what they’re missing when they don’t brush, or don’t brush well enough. You can buy plaque disclosing tablets at nearly every drugstore. The pink chewables will stick to any leftover plaque on their teeth. Seeing a mouth full of pink will be encouragement enough for better brushing.
Tooth disease is one of the most common childhood diseases and can often lead to other health problems. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dentist check ups, can prevent diseases and keep your kids’ mouths happy and clean!