Nothing puts a damper on the otherwise-perfect-day quite like fighting with a toddler or young child to brush their teeth before bedtime.
We hear this all the time from parents. Day and night, children just don’t want to take the 2 minutes to slow down and get their teeth brushed. Getting kids to enjoy brushing their teeth can be a challenge for many parents. However, it’s important to establish good oral hygiene habits at an early age, as they can have long-term benefits for children’s dental health.
Here are some tips we hand out frequently. I hope they help encourage your children to brush their teeth.
Involve kids in the process from start to finish.
Children love to feel involved or in control. So, a great way to make brushing their teeth more enjoyable for kids is to involve them in the process. This could mean letting them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste, or letting them choose the flavor of mouthwash they want to use. By giving them some control over their oral hygiene routine, it can make the experience more fun and engaging for them.
Educate your kids on the importance of brushing teeth.
In addition to making brushing teeth fun, it’s also important to educate kids about the importance of good oral hygiene. This can help to motivate them to brush their teeth regularly and take care of their teeth and gums. You can explain to them how brushing removes plaque and bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease, and how maintaining good oral hygiene can help to prevent these problems.
Get the whole family involved to make brushing teeth more fun.
Another way to get kids to enjoy brushing their teeth is to make it a family activity. By brushing your teeth together, you can create a sense of camaraderie and support among family members. This can help to make brushing teeth a more enjoyable experience for kids and encourage them to stick with it.
Don’t give up. It’s a process.
Overall, getting kids to enjoy brushing their teeth can take some effort and creativity. By involving them in the process, making it fun and interactive, educating them about the importance of oral hygiene, and making it a family activity, you can help to establish good oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime.
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