Getting Your Child to Brush

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The Top 10 Ways to Get Your Child to Brush

Below are some tips (and tricks) on how you can make your child's brushing routine at home more fun!

 

  • 1. Let your child pick out a fun, new colorful soft-bristled toothbrush. If your child is ready for noises and vibrations, buy him or her a battery-powered brush.

  • 2. When picking out a new toothbrush, help your child choose different flavors of toothpaste. “This week’s flavor is ______!”

  • 3. Use music to make it fun! A song lasts two to three minutes. Have your child brush until a song ends. You can also use a sand timer.

  • 4. Use your child’s favorite doll or superhero and invite your child to brush the doll’s teeth before brushing his or her own.

  • 5. Create a brushing chart. Each night, a sticker is placed on the chart after brushing and flossing are complete. A small reward is given at the end of each month.

  • 6. “Let’s share.” Your child brushes half of his or her teeth and then mom or dad will brush the rest.

  • 7. Have your child brush after dinner or before a favorite television show. In this way, children don’t have to wait until bedtime—when they are tired.

  • 8. Parents need to be role models. Kids will follow your actions more than your words. It’s important that children see parents brush and floss regularly.

  • 9. Make it fun. Parents need to show children that brushing is an enjoyable thing to do rather than a chore. Let your child brush your teeth and laugh out loud while they are doing it.

  • 10. Enthusiasm is contagious! Praise children for doing a good job. Tell them how awesome and shiny their teeth look. Tell them to show off their smile.