Ways to Make Brushing Fun for Kids
Is your child refusing to brush his/her teeth? Do they take one look at the toothbrush and try to make a run for it? Motivating your kids to brush their teeth can be a challenge. Even 2 minutes of lost playtime can seem like a major sacrifice to your youngster.
Start a Routine and Stick to It
You may be tempted to let your child skip brushing after a long day or during times when your normal schedule is off (like vacation), but keep at it. The more second nature brushing becomes the easier it will be to make sure your child is brushing twice a day for two minutes.
Let your child pick out his own toothbrush and toothpaste. Choosing a character toothbrush might make brushing more fun, and fluoride toothpastes come in a variety of flavours and colours.
Turn tooth brushing into a game
Children love to play games. So, why not turn tooth brushing into a game for your kids? You could make up a story about why your children have to brush their teeth. You could tell them their toothbrush turns them into a superhero that can fight off plaque monsters. Use your imagination and get them excited about taking care of their teeth.
Create a reward system
Sometimes your kids just need a little incentive to brush their teeth. Try creating a reward system to help make the process easier. You could create a sticker chart, and have your child pick a sticker after they brush their teeth and place it on the chart. Or you could give them a prize after they’ve brushed their teeth twice a day for a month. The prospect of a reward could convince your kids to cooperate.
Make tooth brushing a group activity
If nothing else works, try brushing your teeth with them. Young kids love to imitate their parents’ behaviour. You’ll show them that you take your dental health seriously, and they should too. Plus, it will serve as a bonding experience.
It only takes 2 minutes to brush teeth, but that 2 minutes can become an hour or longer when a child refuses to comply. Keep these tips in mind and try to make tooth brushing fun.
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