If you’re tired of struggling to get your kids to brush twice a day, there’s a solution! If you want your child to brush their teeth more, the best thing to do is make brushing fun! Here are our tips to make brushing more enjoyable for your kids.
1. Make it a Game
What better way is there to turn brushing into a fun time than to make it part of playtime? Have your children approach brushing like a game rather than a chore. Put on some music and dance while you brush. Make up a story or adventure for your child to turn brushing their teeth into an exciting adventure. Explore your creativity.
2. Try Some Digital Encouragement
If you’re having trouble coming up with a brush-time activity, there’s no need to worry. There’s a wealth of resources online to help make brushing fun. Apps like BrushDJ and Toothsavers encourage brushing through music and interactive games to play while brushing. Alternatively, there are a number of online videos you can play for your children while they brush, such as the ones on our own website.
3. Make it a Family Activity
An easy strategy that can make your children want to brush their teeth is by brushing with them. Brush your teeth with your kids morning and night, and make sure to look excited and happy to be doing it. After all, your kids look up to you, so if they see mom and dad brushing, they’ll likely want to emulate you by doing the same especially if you make it look fun!
4. Give Them More Choice
Time for some shopping! Go to the store with the kids and have them pick out what they want to brush with. Get a toothbrush with their favorite characters on it, let them pick out a flavor of toothpaste they like and make it completely up to them (within reason of course). Giving your kids a little bit of decison making authority like this goes a long way towards getting them to enjoy brushing. Plus, if they picked out the brushing tools themselves, it’s much more likely that they’ll want to use them.
5. Reward Good Brushing
A tried and true method for getting kids to brush is motivating them with little rewards. It could be just what they need to look forward to brushing. Make a chart and have your child pick out a sticker to put on it, or maybe let them pick out a bedtime story. Even just simple praise for having a healthy and clean mouth can work wonders.
Getting your children to brush more often, and above all, wanting to brush, goes a long way towards a lifetime of good oral hygiene, but remember not to neglect dentist visits! At The Children’s Dental Center, we strive to keep your children happy and their mouths healthy. Don’t wait, schedule their next appointment today!