When it comes to oral health, getting your kids on board can be a challenge. After all, brushing teeth isn’t exactly the most fun or exciting moment of the day. However, it is key to establishing healthy oral hygiene for a lifetime. So, how can you make daily teeth brushing more fun for the whole family? Here is what we recommend:
Make it Fun!
Two minutes can feel like a long time to get your child to brush when they’re not enjoying it. Instead of simply standing and brushing, consider playing your child’s favorite song, having a two-minute dance party, and making the experience more of an interactive event!
There are a number of apps and videos that can also make teeth brushing more fun for your kids, so take a look around and see what you think they might like.
Create a Routine
Since teeth brushing should be a daily habit, make sure you treat it as such. The sooner this activity can become routine, the more success you will have with encouraging your child to enjoy brushing. Even if it’s been a long day, or you’re on vacation, it’s important to keep up these habits, to establish their importance.
Praise Good Brushing
Each time your child successfully brushes his or her teeth, let them know what a great job they did! Ensure that they feel good about their behavior, so they’ll be encouraged to continue. You might also offer rewards like a sticker chart or a special request for a bedtime story. Healthy motivation can be the path to success!
Consider brushing your teeth at the same time as your child. This not only sets a good example but shows that even adults take the time to take care of their teeth. For added fun, make sure to include your child in on the toothbrush purchase, so they can pick out whatever design will make them want to participate in this daily practice.
With these tips in mind, you should be on your way to establishing tooth brushing excitement in even your least interested kids. Need more advice? We’d be happy to help. At University Centre Dental Associates, we work with a wide range of ages and have a firm understanding of how you can encourage your kids to get into good dental hygiene habits.
Located in Greenbelt, MD, our office is convenient for patients from Washington, DC, Bowie, MD, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County. Contact us today to learn more.