Teaching children good oral health care habits early on will help ensure they are on the right track to have happy and healthy smiles into adulthood.
Here are some tips on how to make brushing teeth more than a chore, but a lifelong practice!
#1: Make it part of their daily routine – as soon as they have teeth.
Brushing your child’s teeth should be a daily practice as soon as they peek through the gums.
Use these monthly calendars to help kids learn the 2min2x rule (2 minutes 2 x per day) of brushing!
#2: Give them a chance to brush on their own.
It’s easy to want to take charge, especially when your child is brushing their chin versus their teeth, but let them try!
Always, be sure as the adult you have a turn as well to get all the spots they likely missed!
#3: Let them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste.
Let your child pick out their own toothbrushes, getting them excited about the fun colors, characters and options available!
Allowing them to make their own choices will get them interested in brushing their teeth and make it fun!
Toothbrushes also make fun gifts, like stocking stuffers, Valentine’s day goodies, etc.
#4: Give brushing a soundtrack.
Another way to make brushing fun AND ensure you are getting that full 2 minutes of brushing in is to play a song while you brush!
Let your child pick the song and brush away!
#5: Make it a family affair.
Families that brush together, have less cavities! Kids learn best by observation. If they see you brushing, you set a good example to follow!