As a parent, you understand the importance of oral care. But convincing your child of the necessity of everyday tooth brushing can be a challenge. That’s why we suggest you give these fun tips a try. They’re sure to make the routine more kid-friendly.
1. Find the right toothbrush and toothpaste
Visit your local grocery store and find toothbrushes and toothpaste made especially for children. Your kids will be excited if they can brush their teeth with toothpaste that has a fun flavor or a toothbrush that is packaged with their favorite cartoon character. They’ll be even more delighted if they’re the ones who get to pick them out.
2. Make it a game
Think up a scenario. Maybe Smile Castle is under attack by evil sugar monsters, and it’s up to your children and their mighty swords (a.k.a. toothbrushes) to fend them off. Set a timer for two minutes and see if they can vanquish the invaders by the time it runs out.
3. Create rewards
Make a chart and reward your children with a sticker every time they brush their teeth. If they fill up the chart, give them a bigger prize, like a toy, or allow them to watch an episode of their favorite TV show.
4. Incorporate music
Who doesn’t like a dance party? Find your children’s favorite tune and crank it up. Jamming out while brushing their teeth will spice up the process.
5. Make it a family affair
Kids want to be like their parents. So if they see you doing something, they’re likely to copy. Set a good example and brush your teeth with your children morning and night. It’ll help you bond, and it’ll be more fun for your children then brushing their teeth by themselves.
6. Let them practice on others
If your kids are still fighting you (and you’re brave enough), let them practice by brushing your teeth. If you’re a good actor, you can make the routine seem fun so that they’re encouraged to brush their own teeth. You could also let your child practice on a doll or stuffed animal with fake toothpaste.
7. Be positive
Sometimes all it takes is positive reinforcement. Tell your children how good they’re doing and how proud you are that they can handle this healthy habit all by themselves. It’ll make them feel good and hopefully encourage proper brushing habits for years to come.