Make Brushing Time Fun for Kids
For most children, the request to brush their teeth is met with audible complaints or outright defiance. They likely consider it a boring task that takes them away from things that are more fun. If this sounds like your child, take heart: there are ways to bring brushing time into the “fun” category. A few simple tips can pique your child’s interest and help get them more involved in the brushing process:
Let Them Choose a Special Toothbrush
A new toothbrush they pick out themselves is a great way to keep your child’s interest in brushing alive. Look for one with soft bristles, and opt for one that is colorful or features one of your child’s favorite characters.
Brush in Time
It is recommended that you brush for two minutes twice a day. Involve your child in watching the time as they brush by allowing them to set a timer and watch the seconds tick down.
Bring in Mr. Music
There are many songs online that focus on making tooth brushing fun, and many of them last two minutes or longer, which is the optimal time to brush each day. By brushing along to music, the time seems to go by quicker as they’re distracted by the lively beat.
Try a Reward System
Decorate a poster or construction paper with the days of the month, then let your child pick out some stickers to place on each day that he or she brushes.
Even Toothpaste Can Be Fun
Several toothpastes on the market have fun flavors like strawberry or bubble gum. Let your child choose their own flavored toothpaste; just be sure it contains anti-cavity fluoride.
Lead By Example
When possible, try to brush and floss together. Kids will begin to learn proper brushing technique by watching what you do, and after you brush, help your child floss until they’re old enough to effectively do it on their own. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, parents should continue to supervise their children’s tooth-brushing until age 12.
For more information about keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy, contact Drs. Kraut, Rogoff, Newsome and Kakanantadilok. Our office is located in the Bronx, and can be reached at 888-700-6623. We look forward to meeting you!