5 Tips for Teaching Kids to Brush

mother and child in pajamas brushing teeth together in bathroom

It can be daunting to teach your child how to brush their teeth, but here are some ways you can make it more enjoyable and successful.

Set an Example

Like with most things, your children will follow your lead, so it’s important to set a good example for them. Brush your teeth in front of them with a good technique and be sure to brush for the full dentist-recommended two minutes. The more often they see you brushing your teeth the right way, the more likely they are to imitate you and learn by your example.

Start Early

The early bird gets the worm, and in this case the early tooth brusher gets a healthier smile. When they are very young, this can mean you brushing your child’s teeth for them, getting them used to the feeling of having their teeth brushed. By teaching good oral hygiene early, you’ll be providing with your child with a foundation to a lifetime of healthy teeth.

Personalize Their Tooth Brushing Adventures

When they are old enough, let them select their own toothbrush and toothpaste (as long as they are up to the American Dental Association standards). Whether they love cars or princesses, bubblegum or mint, they’ll be more excited to brush their teeth if they have a fondness for their teeth brushing accessories. This is especially effective for kids who are starting to desire more ownership and control over their activities.

Reward System

Rewarding your child for practicing good oral hygiene can help motivate them to brush their teeth. Every time they brush their teeth for the full two minutes, give them something that they love. Use whatever motivates your child most, whether that’s a sticker or an extra bedtime story. Just maybe not candy!

Make It Fun!

There are many ways to make tooth brushing fun for your child. From apps to music videos to games, there are plenty of resources that can encourage your child to brush their teeth for the full two minutes, and even make them look forward to brushing their teeth!

Though practicing good oral hygiene at home is vital to a healthy mouth, be sure to bring your child in for regular cleanings and checkups, as well. Call us today to make an appointment!

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