It would be great if your child could just magically learn how to brush their teeth, but that doesn’t happen. You are going to have to help them. Use the following tips and suggestions to help your child learn how to properly brush their teeth.
Make it Fun
You can certainly sit down and lecture your child on the proper way to brush their teeth, but chances are good your child won’t learn the proper technique. Instead of lecturing your child on proper tooth brushing technique, turn it into a fun game.
- Create a silly dance that you do while brushing – make sure the dance is about 2 minutes long as that will teach your child the proper length of time they should be brushing
- Encourage your child to also brush their stuffed animal’s teeth
- Connect brushing with something your child likes – for example, brush your teeth so you can have pretty princess teeth or brush your teeth so you can have a superhero smile
Use Flavored Toothpaste as an Incentive to Encourage Brushing
It may sound silly but children love flavored toothpaste. Using your child’s favorite flavored toothpaste – or even toothpaste that features their favorite TV/movie characters – encourages a child to brush their teeth.
Use a Cool Toothbrush
Superheroes and Princesses most of the times will do the trick. Also, start using a cool Sonicare for Kids toothbrush, which come with cool stickers and a timer that helps them brush for two minutes.
YOU Brush their Teeth
My kids are 9, 7, 5, and 3 and my husband and still brush their teeth every morning and night. We line them up, and one by one they lay in our lap and we brush their teeth. This gets them used to going to the dentist too. For the older two, they brush their own teeth and we do a “check” even though we really do a full-blown brushing. This way we see how well they’re doing on their own.
Set an Example
Show your child how you brush your own teeth when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed. The more they see you do it, the better they’ll do.
Schedule an Appointment with a Pediatric Dentist
The staff at a Sunshine Smiles knows how to make learning about brushing your teeth fun. Schedule an appointment for your child and your child will not only learn how to brush their teeth, they will get a full checkup and even a professional cleaning.
Ready to schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist? Call Sunshine Smiles to schedule an appointment for your child.