Encourage Healthy Teeth Brushing in Children
Brushing your teeth is a very important part of everyone’s daily routine. As a parent, it is your job to teach your kids many things, which can get stressful at times.
Teaching your child good brushing habits doesn’t have to be difficult and our team at Yazdani Dental is here to help you through the process. There are many different ways you can go about teaching them in fun and interactive ways.
Make Teeth Brushing Fun For Kids:
Make It A Game
Kids love games and there are many different ideas that you can come up with to make their teeth brushing habits fun. You can try telling them it’s a race against the clock, and you want to see if they can brush their teeth on their own for 2 whole minutes. If you make it sound more challenging than it is, they’ll definitely try and prove you wrong.
You can also find other games and activities online to assist you and make learning fun for your children.
Rewards Are The Best
Another idea would be to reward your kids when they brush their teeth well and on their own. Start by making a chart and hanging it in the bathroom. Use stickers to rate their brushing that day; gold stars usually do the trick.
Technology Is A Beautiful Thing
The number of mobile apps available is incredible, and there is an app for almost everything now. Surprisingly, there are even some for brushing your teeth, including Tiny Dentist, Virtual Dentist, Disney Magic Timer, and Brush DJ. Kids can use these apps to learn teeth brushing techniques the fun way, and these apps are informative and interactive!
Your child can brush along to videos, play dental games, and learn how to properly brush their teeth at the touch of a fingertip.
Brush Along With Them
Kids love copying their parents, this is a universal fact. They want to be just like you so if they see you doing something, they almost automatically want to do the same. Put on a show so they can see how much fun it is to brush your teeth.
While you’re brushing your teeth together you can tell them funny jokes and trivia facts about teeth that will get them interested.
Show Them The Sugar Bugs
Seeing is believing. This saying is especially true in young children. We remember going to the dentist when we were there age and using the blue dye to show us our sugar bugs. Buy a dissolving agent and let them relive our childhood. It scared us straight.
Make Brushing More Appealing
You can make brushing more appealing by getting your kids fun toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste. There are so many options when it comes to kids dental gear. Try finding a toothbrush in their favourite colour or Disney character.
There is also toothpaste made specifically for kids with fun themes and colours on the tube. If kids have dental accessories specifically for them that they like, they are more likely to use them.
If you have more than one little mouth at home then you know how competitive they can be. If you create a game out of brushing like “who can brush the longest” they’ll eat it up. If you have an only child you can also challenge them. The more involved you are the better.
The goal of this is to get your children excited about brushing their teeth. Developing a routine early on is best because these oral hygiene habits will follow them into adulthood.
Our dental specialists have been performing pediatric dentistry for many years and would be glad to teach your child about good oral health during their visit.