If you have kids, then you are probably aware that most of the time it is their world and you are just living in it. One of the most important things you can teach your kids to maintain their oral and overall health is how to brush their teeth. However, sometimes it can be tricky to get them to brush correctly and as often as needed, without seeming like it is the end of the world. Here are 5 tips to make brushing less like a chore, and help your kids develop healthy oral hygiene habits.
1. Start Early
Starting as early as when your child gets their first tooth is a way to begin their good oral health journey. They won’t be able to do it themselves quite yet, but you doing it for them will help in a few ways. This will get them used to the feeling of having their teeth brushed which will make it easier down the road to not be freaked out by the feeling.
2. Set a Good Example
When children are young, they look up to their parents and those around them to help shape their habits. If you do not consistently brush your own teeth, can you expect them to? Properly brushing your teeth in front of them can help them learn how, and also shows that it’s something they should want to do. They are likely to want to imitate you and learn by example.
3. Make Their Toothbrush and Toothpaste Fun
If a child likes the way their toothbrush and toothpaste look, they are more likely to be excited to use them. Whether they are interested in cars, princesses, or fun cotton candy-flavored toothpaste, they will want to brush their teeth more with personalized items. There are plenty of fun options available that are up to the American Dental Association’s standards, so take them to the store with you and pick something that catches their eye.
4. Reward System
A reward system can be a great way to incentivize your child into brushing their teeth, especially when they are young. You can use whatever they love most such as stickers or extra T.V. time as a reward for each time they properly brush their teeth. You don’t have to do this forever, however, it is a helpful way to get your child into the habit of brushing their teeth.
5. Make Brushing Fun
Another way to increase your child’s fondness for brushing is by making it a fun experience for them. Nowadays, there are many options that can make brushing your teeth more fun. Apps, music, videos, and games are all resources that can encourage your child to brush for a full two minutes every time.
Early prevention is key when it comes to keeping your child’s teeth healthy and white. Following these 5 tips can help your child become a tooth-brushing master in no time! Try out these tips and let us know how they work for you and your little ones.