You’re not alone if you have trouble getting your children to brush their teeth. But you’re in luck, there are ways to make your children not only brush their teeth but enjoy it! We are excited to share three of our favorite ways to get your children to take ownership of their oral care.
- Teach your children the importance of oral health early and model good oral hygiene yourself.
Young children tend to take in the values parents instill in them, even though they may not understand their importance. Oral hygiene is no exception. Children who see their parents brushing and flossing will start to become curious about the practice themselves. Try creating a specific brushing and flossing time with your children. That way, when they become old enough to take care of their own brushing, a particular time will already be ingrained in them. It is important to teach the benefits of certain behaviors to your children. Explain why a healthy smile will lead to a healthy life. You can even throw something in about making the Tooth Fairy smile!
- Make it fun.
Try making a brushing playlist of songs your children love. These days, you can even find dental-themed songs. Whenever it is time for brushing, put this playlist on and brush your teeth with your children. You can also try taking your children shopping for fun new toothbrushes. Most drugstores carry countless kids’ toothbrushes, some of which even feature beloved cartoon characters. There are so many unique ways to get your children to view brushing their teeth not just as necessary, but as fun! Soon your kids will be asking when it is time for their daily oral hygiene routine.
- Reward good brushing behavior to reinforce it for your children.
Children are driven by rewards just as much as they are driven by fun. Rewards don’t need to be complicated; you could start adding fun stickers to a chart every time your child complies with daily oral hygiene on their own. You could even let your children choose dinner one night of the week if they have been good about brushing their teeth. Rewards will reinforce good oral health habits in your children, trust us!
Every child needs to learn why oral hygiene is so important. Educating your children about why brushing is essential, modeling good behavior, making oral care fun, and rewarding them when they are doing well are all ways to boost good brushing behavior. Let’s get your kids brushing!