Whether it’s after meals or before bedtime, many kids seem to hate brushing their teeth. Some consider the act boring, while others dislike the feel of a brush in their mouths or some simply can’t stand the flavor of the toothpaste you’ve given them.
If you’re at a loss about how to convince your kids to brush their teeth, consider these four ideas that make tooth-brushing time fun:
Give Kids Power
When kids feel like parents are forcing them to behave a certain way, the best thing to do is to give them responsibilities that make them the feeling like they’re the ones in charge of their dental hygiene. Allow your kids to select their own soft-bristled toothbrushes, brush caps and toothpaste at the store so they can pick dental tool colors/designs, and toothpaste flavors, they like. You could even take them to talk to dentists in Baton Rouge for an explanation of cavities and consequences of not brushing well.
Use Easy Tools
Some kids find brushing and flossing too repetitive. Help break up the tedious nature of circular and up-and-down brushing with an electric toothbrush. Additionally, offer your kids alternative tools to plain string dental floss, such as flossers designed with fun brightly colored animal, toy and other shaped plastic handles. Another option? Present them with a string dental floss dispenser designed to look like a cartoon character or that talks to them when they pull dental string from it.
Turn On Music
Kids and adults need to brush their teeth gently at least 2 minutes every session. Kids can feel like time is crawling when they’re performing tasks they dislike or hate. Help make the time pass quickly with enjoyable music they already know that has a beat they can match their movements to when brushing. Add to the overall learning experience by also offering new types of music to the mix.
One of the best ways to make brushing fun is to be there with your kids when they’re brushing. Children forced to brush alone often feel alone and discouraged. One or more of your kids might have questions about whether they are brushing correctly. They might also simply want to spend time with you performing this task. Join your kids at least once a day during brushing. Answer their questions and give them encouragement. Additionally, make the effort to look at their teeth when they finish and express pride in their work.