Brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It is also a habit that must be established at a young age and that can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help your kids love to brush their teeth and develop this vital habit.
Let Them Choose Their Toothbrush
If children decide what toothbrush and even what toothpaste they use, they become much more eager to use it. Take them to the store and let them choose what they want. It may be wise to choose a few favourites so you can easily switch out the toothbrush when the time comes.
There are dozens of apps and products that help children brush their teeth. These applications make brushing teeth seem like a game, which many children love. While several of these mobile apps require payment, if your children struggle to brush their teeth, they don’t do it long enough, they throw a fit each time, or they don’t do it well, investing in this technology may lessen the battles and be worth the money.
Brush Your Teeth with Them
Young children love to do things that their parents or an older sibling are doing. You can use this to your advantage and brush your teeth each time with your child. By following your example, they’ll better understand the importance of brushing their teeth and it becomes much easier for both of you to establish a habit.
Don’t Be Too Picky
While proper technique is important for keeping your teeth healthy, lower your expectations regarding your child’s form and technique. Your child needs to learn how to properly brush their teeth but a lot of practice will also be required before they are perfect. Don’t always brush your child’s teeth but give them some practice of their own.
Children are human and sometimes, they need a little extra motivation to do something. You can decrease many brushing battles by offering incentives. You could create sticker charts or offer special prizes for having no cavities after a regular dentist visit. There are many options and you need to think about what would work best for your own child. If you still struggle helping your child brush their teeth, talk to your dentist and gather some ideas. They can help you create a game plan specific to your child’s oral needs.