Fun Ways to Get Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth
Tooth Fairy Smiles hears from parents all the time that it can sometimes be a struggle to get their kids to brush their teeth. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to get your little ones in the good habit of brushing from an early age. Encouraging excellent dental hygiene can create routines that can last a lifetime.
We have created a checklist of fun ways to get your kids to brush their teeth, maybe without you even asking!
Get your little ones used to holding the toothbrush and moving it safely in their mouth as early as possible; by the age of two, most children can do this. For safety reasons, though, make sure always to supervise when a youngster is brushing to avoid choking or swallowing large amounts of toothpaste.
Use a fun toothbrush and toothpaste
Take your child to the store and have him or her choose what toothbrush to use. There are also fun varieties of toothpaste in interesting flavors. Sometimes traditional toothpaste can be too intense. Children’s toothpaste will be in flavors most kids love, like berry or bubble mint.
Make it a game
Create role-playing games like making a superhero that loves to brush — make a little costume cap out of a towel, or allow them to wear swim goggles. The point is, although your child may not love brushing their teeth, their alter-ego thinks it is super!
Brush with them
Little ones often look to their parents and want to emulate them. Show your child how important it is to you to take care of you teeth and have a sparkling smile. They will imitate you because they want to be just like mommy or daddy.
Lots of compliments
Using positive reinforcement shows your youngster that you approve of their good behavior. They will be more likely to continue these positive actions when they see how happy you are. Kids crave this sort of encouragement, so clap whistle, cheer, whatever it take to make it a big deal.
Play a song
It is important to not only brush often, but also for a set time. Play one of your child’s favorite songs and have then bop along while they scrub their teeth. Designate one song or use a variety, either way your little one will look forward to brushing.
Encourage extra bubbles
Kids love making a mess and being goofy, so the foamier, the bubblier, the better! Stay in the bathroom to contain the fun in a safe environment. Consider the great memories you will be making!
Set a timer
Use a digital timer or an egg timer. As your child brushes, he can watch the time count down. This can also be a fun game too, and can teach math skills too.
Try any one, or a combination of these strategies to encourage your little ones to brush at least twice a day. Following these helpful hints, plus scheduling routine exams, and your kids will acquire great dental habits for the rest of their lives. If you have any questions, contact us at Toothfairy Smiles.