Getting children, especially young ones, to brush their teeth is sometimes a daunting task. So, what are some tips for getting your child to brush?
Here are 6 ways to encourage brushing:
1. Begin teaching at a young age
By establishing a routine and staying with it, your children learn that you think personal hygiene is important. Give them clear reasons to brush such as maintaining a great smile and keeping cavities at bay.
2. Show and tell
Get down on the child’s level and brush your teeth at the same time they do. Teach them proper brushing techniques, such as brushing from top to bottom, front to back and in circular motions.
3. Allow the child to choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste
By allowing them to choose from the variety of children’s toothbrushes and toothpastes, you are helping them become excited about clean teeth.
4. Encourage brushing by themselves
At around age 2, allow the child to put the toothpaste on the toothbrush and let them brush as much as they can on their own. If they make a mess, you can play “clean up” and teach them another valuable lesson.
5. When it comes to timing, make a game of it
Use an egg timer to see if they can brush until the timer runs out. Also, try to brush with them and see who can make the most toothpaste bubbles, or play a game where they brush away all the “ickies” from their teeth.
6. Praise them for brushing
Use a chart and when they brush twice a day, they receive a sticker; as they get older, let them know how proud you are that they take it seriously.
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