If you’re a parent, we don’t have to tell you that it can be difficult to get kids to brush. It requires vigilance, dedication, and a lot of work upfront, but the initial investment pays dividends in lifelong good dental habits. Besides, motivating kids to brush consistently doesn’t have to be a chore! With a few tricks, you can make brushing a fun part of your children’s day.
First, you need to lead by example on good brushing. Brush and floss every day, and make sure your children see it as often as possible. They want to emulate you, so use that to your advantage.
If your children are apprehensive about brushing, let them practice—on you! By letting them brush your teeth, you can help them get confident in it, and show that it’s nothing to be afraid of. You can even sell how fun it is.
Most importantly, never let your children skip, no matter how tempting it may be. Consistency is at the heart of building strong habits, so make sure they brush for two minutes twice a day.
Children respond to rewards, so reward them with fun and positive reinforcement when they brush. Praise your kid’s healthy smile, let them pick out bedtime stories, or give them toys and trinkets as a result. When you treat them to a movie or something fun later on, tell them it was because of brushing. You can also formalize this with a calendar or chart: every successful brush is a point towards a special treat.
Turn brushing into an event! Music, dancing, voices, and songs can turn brushing into something children will look forward to every day. With enough incentive, eventually your child will permanently associate brushing and flossing with fun.
Make a Game
Games are a great way to make your child love brushing. Turn brushing into a challenge, bring in imaginary characters, and tell stories. Make brushing something fantastical and interesting, rather than another chore.
There are many songs that can be sung for exactly the amount of time it takes to brush, helping both you and your child keep track.
Pick Your Instruments
Make sure all of your brushes and floss are age-appropriate. If your child is having trouble using any of them, there are options for low-dexterity training options. Use training toothpaste and ask your children how much they like each flavor. Let them pick their favorite toothbrush and toothpaste so they feel comfortable and in control.
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