You’re not alone if you have trouble getting your children to brush their teeth. The good thing is there are ways to make your children not only brush their teeth, but enjoy it too. We are excited to share with you our three favorite ways to get your children to love taking care of their oral health!
- Make it fun.
There are many fun things you can try! Make a brushing playlist of songs your children love or even find a couple of dental-themed songs. Whenever it is time for brushing, put this playlist on and brush your teeth with your children. You can also take your children shopping for a unique new toothbrush. Most drugstores carry toothbrushes for kids that come in a plethora of bright colors and have cartoon characters on them. Kids also tend to enjoy the excitement of using electric toothbrushes. There are so many unique and original ways to get your children to view brushing their teeth not just as necessary, but as fun! Soon your kids will be asking when it is time to brush their teeth.
- Teach your children the importance of oral health early and model good oral hygiene yourself.
Toddlers and younger children tend to internalize the values parents instill in them, even though they may not understand these values. Taking care of your teeth is no exception. If a child sees their parents regularly brushing and flossing, they will recognize that they should adopt this practice as well. You could even try creating a specific brushing and flossing time with your children. That way, when they become old enough to take care of their own brushing, a particular time will already be ingrained in them. It is also essential to explain to children the benefits of certain behaviors. Teach them why a healthy smile will lead to a healthy life. You can even throw something in about making the Tooth Fairy happy!
- Reward good brushing behavior to reinforce it for your children.
Children are driven by rewards just as much as they are driven by fun. Rewards don’t have to be expensive or complicated. They could be as simple as adding fun stickers to a chart every time your child brushes their teeth without being told to. You could even let your children choose dinner one night of the week if they have been good about brushing their teeth the week prior. Rewards, no matter how small, will reinforce good oral health behavior and habits in your children.
Every child should learn the importance of brushing their teeth. Making oral care fun, educating your children about why brushing is essential, modeling good behavior, and rewarding your children when they are doing a good job are all ways to boost good brushing behavior and overall oral health. Let’s get those kids brushing!