Getting your child into the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day is no easy task but it will go a long way with their health long term. Let’s look at a few fun ways to make brushing easier and maybe even fun.
Start teaching them the benefits of oral health early
It’s never too early to make brushing and flossing a part of your child’s routine. Before the first tooth, you can wipe down gums with a warm damp washcloth to get your child used to the act. As soon as your baby has their first tooth, it’s a great idea to start brushing. You can also start flossing around the age of 2 or 3 or when your child has almost a full set of teeth.
Be an example
When it comes to brushing and flossing daily, if your children don’t see you doing it, then they are more likely to do it themselves. You can also make it an activity that you do together, which will create more a bonding experience and get your child to look at this as a fun thing to do together.
Make brushing your teeth a game
We recommend that you brush your teeth for two minutes for two minutes because the longer you brush your teeth, the more plaque you remove. A few games would be brushing during a commercial break which are normally 2-3 minutes themselves. There are toothbrushes that play music and will stop when it’s time to stop brushing. You can also play their favorite songs that they can listen to while they’re brushing. If all else fails, you can offer an incentive for brushing twice a day, like staying up for an extra few minutes or choosing the next family game or movie.
Let your child pick out their own toothbrush. If they pick out a toothbrush with their favorite character or favorite color then they might be more inclined to brush. There are also a variety of tooth pastes to hit everyone’s preference.
If you want more help on getting your children to brush their teeth or to explain to them why it is so important at your next dental visit, feel free to ask us! To schedule an appointment for your child, you can contact us on our website or call us at (781) 780-2246. We love teaching kids about brushing!