Creative Ways To Help Your Children Take Care Of Their Teeth!
Start Brushing Children’s Teeth Early
- Work together to establish a clear routine and stick to it!
- Reinforce the importance of brushing teeth by giving them good, clear reasons. Tell them that brushing everyday helps to prevent cavities and will give them a beautiful smile.
Show and Tell with a Toothbrush
- Brush your own teeth while your child is brushing. Get down on their level so they can see what you are doing.
- Demonstrate how to brush in circles, like train wheels going around on a track from left-to-right and right-to left.
- Show them how you brush all their teeth, top and bottom, front and back.
Let Them Pick Their Own Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Children’s toothpaste comes in a variety of flavors and varieties- some even feature their favorite characters. Let them pick a couple of different ones, so they can switch it up.
- There are several children’s toothbrushes that are colorful and fun. Let them pick one with their favorite colors and characters.
Encourage Them to Brush on Their Own (Around Age 2)
- Let them put the toothpaste on the brush and do it by themselves.
- Don’t worry about the mess – it cleans up easily.
Make a Game of Brushing Teeth
- The minimum amount of time your children should brush is 2 minutes. Set a timer and see if they can continue for the correct amount of time.
- Brush along with them. Have a contest to see who can create the most bubbles with their brushing.
- Ask your children to show you how clean their teeth are after getting rid of all the cavity monsters.
Compliment Your Child’s Brushing
- You want them to develop a life-life long oral care routine, so use positive reinforcement.
- Create a sticker chart and give them stars for brushing their teeth twice a day and for flossing once a day.
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