Posted on February 26th, 2017 by Uncategorized
Persuading your kids to brush their teeth and do it correctly can be a challenge! Here are a few tips to help make it a little bit easier.
- Let them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste. You’d be surprised at how motivated a child will become if they get to pick out a Spider-man or Hello Kitty toothpaste and toothbrush. Choosing a few different flavors of toothpaste is always a great idea as well so that they can mix it up each night.
- Brush with them. Kids learn best by seeing the behavior modeled for them. If you are consistent and brush your teeth next to them, kneeling down so that they can see better, they will likely copy you. Demonstrate how moving the toothbrush in a circular motion cleans the best, and that you want to get behind your teeth as well!
- Tell them they’re fighting “Cavity Monsters.” If they can think of cavities as little monsters that put holes in their teeth they’ll be more likely to want to fight them with their handy dandy toothbrush and “cavity-killing” toothpaste. After they’re done brushing ask them to open their mouth so that you can make sure they got rid of them all!
- Make it a game. Kids love games and anytime you make something into a competition it instantly becomes more fun! Set a timer for 2 minutes and see who can make the most bubbles in their mouth by the end of the 2 minutes.
- Compliment them on their good brushing. Positive reinforcement and consistency is key to instilling good habits at a young age. Create a sticker chart where they can add a sticker each time they brush their teeth, with the goal being twice a day.
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