If you are having difficulties in making your child brush his/her teeth, then you are not alone! That’s what children do! They don’t find brushing teeth fun, just as they don’t like taking a bath or cleaning up their room! However, instilling a good oral care habit is important for your kid to have a healthy oral hygiene. And with some effort and creativity, you can get your kids excited about brushing their teeth, thereby making the whole process of brushing properly a life-long habit for them.
Here are some useful tips to get your kid in the process of developing an oral care routine.
Let them pick their own toothbrush & toothpaste
Making a kid excited is as easy as letting him pick his own toothbrush featuring his favourite cartoon character or superhero. There are numerous toothbrushes out there that are made to look like Disney characters, race cars, dinosaurs, etc, Let them pick a couple of different ones so that they can switch it up and keep the fun going! Similarly,. you can let your kid choose the flavor of the toothpaste as well.
Make Brushing Teeth a Game
Dentists recommend that a child should brush for a minimum of two minutes. Set a timer and see if your child can continue for this amount of time. In order to make the process interesting, you can play his/her favorite song during the brushing session. There are several music-based apps to make your child’s brush experience more fun. You can even brush along with them and have a contest to see who can create the most bubbles in their mouth.
Make a Fairy Tale about Pearly White Teeth
The evil plaque monsters and the cavity monsters are invading the Smile kingdom and have captured the beautiful white teeth! The only way to free them is by using the powerful toothbrush and the magical toothpaste gifted by the tooth fairy! The point is it takes a little bit of creativity to make the whole brushing experience exciting and magical!
Set Up a Reward System
Paying your kid for brushing his teeth is a bad example of reward. Instead, try to set up a reward system that directly relates to dental care. For example, let your kid stay up for 30 minutes more if he brushes his teeth before bed. You can surprise your kid with a bigger prize once he completes brushing properly for a certain period of time, say 30 days. It’s up to you what the reward is, but it should be something that will motivate him/her to carry on the habit.
The idea is to use positive reinforcement. You can create a chart and give them stars for brushing their teeth twice a day and for flossing once a day. For some kids, giving stars can be equally rewarding as giving them some sort of prize.
Brush Together with Your Kid
When the above tactics don’t work out, make an effort to lead by example. Make your kid understand that brushing their teeth is important for a healthy life. Brush your own teeth while your child is brushing. Get down to their level so that he/she can see what you are doing. Demonstrate how to brush all the teeth, top to bottom, front to back.