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How can I help my children love brushing their teeth?

How can I help my children love brushing their teeth?

A young girl holding her toothbrush while smiling in front of the mirror.

If you are struggling to get your children to comply with oral hygiene without complaint, you’re not alone. There are effective ways to get your children to enjoy oral hygiene, and they are extremely simple. We are excited to share our three favorite ways to get your kids brushing!

 

  • Teach your children the importance of oral health early and model good oral hygiene yourself. 

Children tend to internalize the values their parents instill in them, even if they don’t understand why those values are necessary. Oral hygiene is no exception. If children see their parents consistently brushing and flossing, they will begin to want to as well. You can even try creating a specific brushing and flossing routine with your children. When they become old enough to take care of their oral hygiene independently, a particular time will already be ingrained in them. It is important to teach children the benefits of certain behaviors. Explain to them why a healthy smile will lead to a healthy, happy life! 

 

  • Reward good brushing behavior to reinforce it for your children. 

Children are driven by rewards just as much as they are driven by fun. Rewards don’t have to be expensive or complicated. They can be as simple as adding fun stickers to a chart every time your children brush their teeth of their own accord. You could even let your children choose dinner one night of the week if they have been good with their oral hygiene. Small rewards will be very beneficial in reinforcing good oral health habits in your children!

 

  • Make it fun.

There are many ways you can make oral hygiene seem more attractive and exciting to your kids. You can make a brushing playlist of your children’s favorite songs. You could even add a couple of dental-themed songs. Whenever it is time for oral hygiene, put this playlist on and join your children in their daily brushing routine. They will be even more excited to brush if you take them shopping for new toothbrushes! Most drugstores carry a variety of children’s toothbrushes, and some even feature beloved Disney characters and bright colors. There are so many creative ways to get your children to view oral hygiene not just as necessary, but as fun! Your kids will be asking when it is time for their daily oral hygiene before you know it. 

 

Every child should learn why it is so important for them to brush their teeth. Educating your children about why brushing is essential, modeling good behavior, rewarding your children when they are doing well, and making oral care fun are all effective ways to increase good brushing behavior and overall oral hygiene. Let’s get your kids brushing!