Most adults know that brushing their teeth and flossing is a vital part of their day. Despite knowing how important it is to brush your teeth, many adults do not brush or floss as many times as is recommended by their general dentist. As a result, these habits are passed on to our children. Very few children are excited about brushing their teeth! Though it can seem like a boring task, brushing can be made to be fun. If your child sees that you enjoy brushing, they will follow your lead.
You Set The Example:
As a parent the first thing you should do is be the kind of brusher you want your child to be. If they see you practicing good brushing skills, your children will be likely to follow. You can explain to your child why you brush your teeth twice a day and how important it is to practice good brushing skills.
Create a Game Out Of It:
To be effective, you I recommend brushing for at least two minutes. To get young children to brush, come up with a simple story. You may say that the plaque is an evil knight, while your child is a good knight. The only way to save the castle is to brush for two minutes and eliminate all the evil knights. This is a clever way to get your child’s imagination rolling, and the two of you can go further and create a whole story out of it for after the brushing is complete. You can high five your kid to let them know how amazing they were at getting rid of the evil knights.
Let Them Choose:
Another simple way to get your child involved in good brushing skills is to allow them to pick out their own toothbrush. You may make a trip to the store be about better brushing. First tell your child that today is a special day. Next tell them that they will be allowed to choose a toothbrush they like best. This way, your child feels like they are participating in the process. When you arrive at the store show your child the many different toothbrush choices, pointing out the age-appropriate styles. Some are made specifically for children and have creative characters displayed on them. Let your child choose their preferred toothbrush. Next up is the toothpaste aisle. There is usually character branded toothpaste as well, and your child may love this. Let them pick what they like best. With this tactic you are helping your child to take control of their oral health.
Brush To Their Favorite Song:
To get your kids involved you can also play your child’s favorite song. Play the song and you and your child can have a dance off while brushing your teeth together. Playing their favorite song will get them moving easily and then they will pay less attention to the time that has elapsed while brushing. Kids are energetic and getting moving will be a wonderful way for them to enjoy brushing.
Overall, brushing your teeth is key to a lifetime of beautiful, health smiles! Getting children to enjoy the task takes some planning. If you set a good example, your child will follow the lead and develop good brushing habits. You can use many tactics such as creating a game, buying a new toothbrush with toothpaste, and playing upbeat music while brushing. These methods each will help your child to enjoy toothbrushing. Keep up the encouragement and your child will reap the benefits!