How Do I Get My Kids to Brush Their Teeth?

Kids can be stubborn at bedtime–especially when it comes to brushing their teeth. Parents already struggling to get an energetic child ready to sleep may find teeth brushing yet another obstacle. Don’t panic! Here are some tips to make it easier, and even get your kids excited about brushing their teeth.two children brush their teeth together

  • Start young. The earlier you start brushing your kids’ teeth, the more time they will have to get used to it and build a routine. By the time they’re old enough to do it themselves, it will already be a habit. Plus, early dental care helps prevent many problems later.
  • Make it special. Take kids to the store and let them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste. If they have a favorite cartoon, or movie, look for brushes with those characters. Put these in a fun cup or container on the sink, and explain to kids that this means they are getting big–like a new bed, or a new school. Make brushing seem like something special and kids will look forward to it.
  • Make it a game. Is your child especially competitive? If they always want to be the best, get your own toothbrush and challenge them to a Best Brusher competition! Brushing with your kids helps model good dental hygiene, and helps you time monitor their brushing habits (and your own!). Offer a small, inexpensive reward for the winner, like stickers or an extra bedtime story.
  • Make it fun. On the other hand, is your kid a dreamer? Do they love to hear stories and play cooperatively? Turn toothbrushing into an epic quest to defeat the villains plaque and bad breath. Use favorite characters (like the ones on the special toothbrush) in the story, and make your child the hero who saves the mouth!

Don’t hesitate to call us with questions or for help getting your kids to brush their teeth. Our team at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming is knowledgeable and friendly, and as parents ourselves we’ve been there before!

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