8 Tips to Get Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth
By Steven on Sunday, May 13th, 2018 in Dental Tips.
This is one of those times where you must get your kids to do something that they hate, but that they’ll thank you for in years to come. Teaching your kids good dental hygiene is so important. You will be saving them a lot of time, money, and frustrating trips to an get their teeth cleaned by creating good habits now. All you have to do is get your kids to brush their teeth.
Maybe not at first. However, teaching your kids to brush their teeth can be easier than you think. We asked Michelle Olson-Rogers at Modern Boca Mom to tell us how she got her 5-year-old daughter to brush her teeth.
“Brushing your child's teeth can be less of a struggle if you find a toothpaste that your child likes. For example, the one we use every day tastes like cake frosting!
I've also found that using a timer, so your child knows how long the process takes also helps with the teaching your kids how to brush their teeth. My main advice to parents who are starting out with teeth brushing is to be consistent.
Make sure you do it every day before bedtime, and even try to floss if your child will let you. We love the fruit-flavored Plackers brand. It's become part of our bedtime and morning routine, and now my 5-year-old doesn't even question it.”
This is really great advice! In fact, the timer is something we recommend as well. Here are our eight tips to get your kids to brush their teeth.
Make Brushing Fun
No matter what else happens, be sure to keep the whole experience positive and upbeat. Getting your kid to brush their teeth helps if they don’t think of it as boring, miserable, or even angry. We might be tempted to force them, but try to keep it light hearted.
Make It a Priority
Brushing is an important part of your child’s health, and it helps if they understand that. Explain how important it is to brush. Use positive examples of people with exceptionally nice teeth. Brushing now also means less tooth fillings later.
Some kids find the toothpaste too “icky” to deal with. Limit the amount you use for them and sometimes, remove the tooth paste all together. Simply ask them to brush and use alkaline, alcohol-free mouthwash afterwards. You can start with this to get your kids to brush their teeth, and then begin introducing them to toothpaste slowly.
Stick to a Routine
Routines stick, and a brushing routine for kids will stick too. Set a time and stick to it. Picking a time and brushing your teeth at that time every night and morning will help your child cement the routine.
Bring the Whole Family In
Ask everyone to brush their teeth at the same time. Make brushing a family activity, and watch as your kids will be more inclined to imitate everyone’s behavior. It’s a subtle way to get your kids to brush their teeth.
Create a Rewards System
Rewards systems keep things positive too. Add to their allowance if they brush their teeth, or make them their favorite breakfast once or twice a week.
Set a Timer
Go out and get an old school egg timer, something that ticks. Set it for three minutes and start brushing. Kids love this approach and they invent their own little competitions to go along with it.
Brush in Front of the TV
We always recommend brushing in front of the mirror in the bathroom because it is a good habit, and because anywhere else might get messy. However, some parents find that it’s easy to get your kids to brush their teeth in front of the TV or with their favorite show playing in the iPad. Try this as a last resort.
Ask your local Delray Beach dentist for more tips next time you see them!