Are you tired of chasing your kid in every corner of the house, pleading with them, bribing them, or scolding your kid to brush? Do not worry! You are not alone in this one. Kids do not like to brush their teeth, and mostly they trouble you by running away, screaming, or crying. Yet, It...
Are you tired of chasing your kid in every corner of the house, pleading with them, bribing them, or scolding your kid to brush? Do not worry! You are not alone in this one. Kids do not like to brush their teeth, and mostly they trouble you by running away, screaming, or crying.
Yet, It is crucial to maintain healthy oral hygiene for their development. Knowing the importance of oral care, are you wondering how to make your kids brush their teeth regularly?
Getting them to brush regularly can be painful, and some parents may give up, especially on preschoolers thinking that kids’ baby teeth will anyway fall out. You are incorrect there. Even if it falls out, it holds the place for the next tooth. Thus, it should be kept healthy.
So, if you are trying to make brushing an enjoyable process for your little ones, we have some tricks in the box for you.
- Set a Good Example – yes, you have heard this zillion times; our children love to imitate their parents. You must have seen the kids trying to shave like their father or put on a face pack like their mother. Do the same with brushing. Brush with your child, let them watch you, and illustrate to them the right way to brush.
- Dance, Play, and Brush – Play your child’s favorite song for 2 minutes and let them groove and brush on that song. In no time, they’ll finish brushing and enjoy dancing to their favorite number. There are also apps available which play short musical routines for your kid. It works!
- Story Time – Make up an adventurous story related to brushing, making your kid the superhero (with a cape if possible) who is fighting the germs (or villains) in their mouth. If your kid is not a fan of action stories, maybe a fairy tale can help your kid by being the tooth prince or princess trying to save their kingdom from germ attack.
- Healthy Competition – Try having friendly or fake brushing competitions among the siblings or you and your kids and reward the kids who brush flawlessly. You can also tell them to find out the flaws in other persons brushing techniques to win an extra point that will interest them to practice brushing more precisely.
- Timer Challenge – We are well aware it needs two minutes for brushing, one minute each for top and bottom. Kids tend to hurry through brushing and making it less effective. Use a timer and challenge them to brush their teeth at that time. It will help you to track the time and challenges will encourage them to use a toothbrush. Do not forget to reward them if they win.
- Dentist Roleplay – Pretend to be a dentist or make your little one be the dentist and make them teach you the importance and how to maintain healthy oral hygiene. It will make your kid feel responsible for brushing teeth regularly.
- Get Musical – Who doesn’t love music? Try to be musical, add a song about brushing to spice it up, and make your toddler sing and brush. You can be creative and invent your rhymes which you could sing to them.
- Buy Attractive Toothbrush – There are plenty of attractive brushes available in the market. Let your little one choose one for themselves; it may be a musical toothbrush or one with their favorite Disney character.
- Buy Tasty Toothpaste – There’s a wide range of different flavored kinds of toothpaste available in the market. Of course, kids will be delighted to use their favorite flavored toothpaste. However, ensure that toothpaste contains fluoride necessary for the teeth, and be careful that your child doesn’t swallow the toothpaste.
- Appreciate your Kids – Create your family calendar to track the progress of your kids. You can use stickers that your kid might love. Reward them with different stickers for a successful cleaning.
- Let them Brush Your Teeth – If they are not opening their mouth for brushing, let them brush yours or any other toy, then take turns to do the same for your kid. Try to be fun when your kid toothbrushes you by making faces and appreciating their moves.
Creating this toothbrush habit as a fun activity will give your child more reasons to smile and will help them to preserve their beautiful smile forever.