It can be challenging to establish good tooth brushing habits in young children. Kids may find it boring, frustrating and may downright just not like it. Fortunately, there are a lot of techniques you can use to not only get your child to brush their teeth, but help them have fun doing it.
The four tactics below can help make brushing teeth an enjoyable experience for your little one, so much so that they might even look forward to brushing their teeth a few times each day.
Brush Together As A Family
Creating additional family time by establishing a habit of brushing together can help your child see the importance of good oral hygiene habits. Kids naturally want to be like their parents at a young age, so what better values to instill in them than good oral health habits? Round up the family each night (and each morning if possible) to promote good brushing habits that will last a lifetime.
Let Your Child Pick Their Toothbrush
You can help increase the fun of brushing by letting your child pick their own toothbrush. Allowing them to pick one with cool designs, multiple colors or their favorite characters will help add fun into the tooth brushing experience, helping to get rid of any fear or anxieties they might have.
Play 4 Minutes Of Music
If your child seems bored with brushing and the experience turns into more of a chore than anything else, try adding some music to create the ultimate brushing dance party. Dance around your bathroom and add some laughter into the mix to make it much more enjoyable for your kid. Just make sure they don’t miss any spots!
Reward Good Brushing
Kids like being recognized for good deeds and special occasions. Give them little rewards to encourage them to continue brushing their teeth well. Giving them stickers, small toys or letting them pick a bedtime story could give them an incentive to brush their teeth well each day.
The Final Word
There are plenty of other ideas out there to encourage your child to brush their teeth regularly and properly which we will explore in future posts here at Cirocco Dental Center. When it comes down to it, you want to make brushing fun and something to look forward to for your child. For more information about good childhood dental habits, be sure to schedule an appointment with one of our dental professionals today to learn more and get your child a quick check-up.