Are you tired of resistance and tears when it comes time for teeth brushing in your house? Ready for a solution that gets your kids excited about brushing and eager for the next session? Great, then keep reading as we share some simple, yet effective ways to keep your children engaged when it comes to keeping their teeth clean.
Unfortunately, the art of explanation does not always work with children at brushing time and so you might find that practicing proper oral hygiene is a bit of a challenge – you are not alone. It generally proves pretty difficult to drag children away from the fun and games to take care of their chompers; however, it is possible. How, you might be wondering? The answer is simple – make if fun. Easier said than done, right? Not really. Try these simple steps to help bring a little fun and playfulness into brushing time.
Sounds reasonable, right? Sure it does. What kid does not love playing games? Try something simple and silly like letting your child brush your teeth or cheering with every tooth that you get good and clean. Count the teeth and announce as each is sparkling and shiny. Maybe give your child a play toothbrush to let them brush their ‘lovies’ teeth with while you brush theirs. Download fun music apps that play two minutes of toddler tunes or something of that nature. There are also brushing racer apps that might prove useful.
Make It Special
The easiest way to get your child excited about brushing is to make it special. Letting them pick their own toothbrush and toothpaste is often very effective in this manner. Maybe it is Hello Kitty, Spiderman or My Little Pony – whatever it is, make sure that you are just as excited as they are when you finally find their favorite character on a toothbrush or tube of toothpaste. There are also DIY kits available that allow kids to design and decorate their own toothbrushes for those art inspired wee ones. Brushing your teeth with your child, or doing it as a family might also prove helpful in making the time more special and enjoyable.
Offer a Reward
Anyone who has ever had a toddler will tell you that there is nothing wrong with a little bribe here and there, within reason of course. If nothing else works, pull out the big guns and offer rewards. Positive reinforcement has a remarkable ability to encourage good behavior and cooperation in the bathroom at brushing time. Maybe it is a sticker, a special treat for breakfast or just letting them pick the night time story to read – whatever it is, make sure it is special to them.
Be creative and follow your instinct. With a little effort you might even find that eventually your child looks forward to brushing time! Teeth cleaning should be fun for your child, not a chore. So do your best to encourage good dental practices whilst still making it the best part of the day!