Do you struggle to get your kids to brush their teeth on their own? Are you concerned about your children’s oral health in the future? Most kids don’t actively want to brush their teeth, much like they don’t want to take a bath or clean their rooms. Nevertheless, these are necessary skills they have to learn if they are going to have a good life in the future.
Here are five ways to get your kids excited about brushing their teeth so you can get rid of the struggle for good.
Get a Fun Toothbrush
Get your child a cool toothbrush that he or she is excited to try. You may be able to do the same with toothpaste too, depending on what your child likes. There are plenty of children’s toothbrushes out there made to look like Disney characters, race cars, dinosaurs, and more. Let your kid come with you to the store to pick out his or her toothbrush, and you could be off the hook for good.
Make a Game out of Brushing Teeth
Remember that little line from Mary Poppins? “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. Find the fun and *snap*, the job’s a game!” All you need is a little fun to make oral health seem exciting for your child. A simple “I bet I can brush my teeth better than you” might get your kid amped to brush his teeth.
Set up a Rewards System
We’re not suggesting that you pay your child to brush his teeth. That would go a little far. However, you might set up some sort of rewards system that directly connects to dental care. Maybe your child will get to stay up an extra 30 minutes if he brushes his teeth and takes a bath before bed. Maybe 30 days of constant brushing will lead to some sort of big prize. The reward itself is entirely up to you, but try to come up with an incentive for your child to strive for.
Turn Tooth Brushing into an Epic Story
Have you heard? The evil plaque monsters are invading Smile Kingdom, and the only way to get rid of them is to use the powerful Brushomatic 9000. Sounds like fun, right? All it takes is a little story line like that to get your kids to see dental care in a new light. It’s not just about good oral hygiene anymore. It’s an action adventure film brought to life.
Brush Your Teeth at the Same Time
When all else fails, make an effort to lead by example. Show your children that brushing their teeth is a key component to a healthy life. Your kids naturally want to be like you, so you might as well take advantage of that. Spend some quality time with your children and show them the benefits of a bright, healthy smile. Your children will develop great oral care habits all on their own.
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