Helping your kids develop good hygiene habits is a huge responsibility for parents. Most children don’t like brushing their teeth and can be stubborn when they want to be. Many parents are forced to spend a lot of time trying to convince their children to brush their teeth twice every day. It’s important to instill proper dental care habits in your child early because they’re more vulnerable to cavities and other such problems. Child teeth, especially temporary milk teeth, are relatively fragile and can develop cavities quickly. If your child has a diet of excessive sweets, you’ll also see more decay and cavities.
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Tips for Getting Your Child to Brush Their Teeth
There are many tips and tricks you can use to convince your child. Most parents learn from their child’s responses and behavior, and eventually come up with plans that will convince them to brush regularly. Here are some tips you should keep in mind:
1. Start Early
You need to make brushing a part of your child’s daily routine. The older they get, the more difficult it is to get them into a solid routine. We suggest that you start brushing their teeth as soon as the teeth emerge. Your dentist will help your choose the best products to use and recommend a brushing technique that won’t harm the child’s delicate teeth and gums.
Make sure you brush their teeth daily according to the routine recommended by dentists. That will help children understand that the brushing should be a part of their daily lives.
2. Brush With Them
Children like to imitate everything their parents do; so if they see you brush your teeth often, they’ll become curious about it and want to brush their teeth as well. If you want them to get into the habit of brushing their teeth, you should consider brushing with them daily. This will also help you keep an eye on their technique and check if they brush properly. Some children become lazy over time and don’t brush as thoroughly as they should. Parental supervision in the first few weeks can help ensure children use the right techniques.
3. Make it a Fun Play Time
Children look at brushing as a distraction from play time. They want to spend most of their available time playing and having fun. One of the best ways to avoid complaints and protests is to make brushing just as much fun as other activities. You can put on their favorite music and let them play with the brushes and toothpaste. For example, you can have toothbrush fights with your child, dance with them, and make brushing a party. This will ensure they’re enthusiastic about the chore and incorporate it into their daily activity easily.
4. Let them Choose the Toothpaste and Brush
Toothbrushes and toothpastes designed for children are interesting and fun. They come in a number of colors, flavors, and designs. When you go toothbrush and toothpaste shopping, take your child with you and let them make the decision. Children are more enthusiastic about brushing their teeth with their chosen brushes and pastes. They’ll be eager to use them and you’ll have a better time convincing them to brush their teeth.
5. Encourage them to Brush Their Own Teeth
Children above two years of age can brush their own teeth. You should teach them the right technique and keep an eye on them as they brush. This will ensure they clean their teeth effectively and don’t use poor technique. Children at this age will consider brushing a grown-up activity and will be very eager to try it themselves.
5. Harness the Power of Music
This pop-reggae jam teaches children about brushing their teeth in a catchy song with cute and funny characters.