We’ve written often about how it’s never too early to start teaching your kids about the importance of good dental health. As a mom of three, and a dentist, I know it’s sometimes easier said than done. Let’s be honest, we’ve all gotten a quick “yes” when we ask our kids if they’ve brushed their teeth before bed.
Here are some quick tips that might help you out:
- Do as I Do: One of the best ways to reinforce a healthy habit is to practice what you preach. Brush, floss and rinse in front of your child every day so they can learn by example.
- Make it Fun!: For extra fun, and to keep your child engaged, make up games. There are a ton of options:
- Maybe pretend to be a mirror the next time you both brush together and encourage them to copy every move.
- Tell a story (you can make it up, like “what’s hiding behind your teeth?!?” or read one.
- Set a timer and have them brush until time runs out OR maybe get a toothbrush that blinks or plays music for two minutes. There are some great “singing” toothbrushes on Amazon or check your favorite drugstore.
- There are also cool apps to help get the brushing party started. Check out the free app Brush DJ. It plays a song in your music library for 2 minutes – the recommended time to brush. PLUS, it lets you set reminders for your kids to brush (twice a day!), floss and rinse.
- Prizes!: What kid doesn’t want to stay up a little later or decide what game to play on the next family game night? Simple rewards = significant action! In fact, we know it works so well that we have a treasure chest from which Toothdocs Kids can pick their own post-visit toy.
- The Proper Tools: Brushing and flossing can be tough for little kids – their hands just don’t have the dexterity. By having the right tools, such as battery-operated toothbrushes with smaller handles or toddler toothbrushes, kid-friendly flossers (such as these Placker’s Flossers), age-appropriate toothpaste and rinses in fun flavors
What are your favorite tips (and tricks) to get your kid brushing?