For some parents, getting their child to brush his or her teeth is one of the biggest struggles of the bedtime routine. If your child doesn’t want to brush, consider some of these tips to motivate them to care for their smile.
Make It a Game
Kids love games of all kinds, so why not turn their teeth-brushing routine into a game? There are many ways to do this. Brush your own teeth alongside them to see who can do a better job. Or try a plaque disclosing tablet. These tablets dissolve in your child’s mouth and leave behind coloring that shows where their brushing isn’t as good as it should be. Then challenge them to remove as much of the coloring as they can. You can even join in the fun and see who can get their teeth the cleanest after using the plaque disclosing tablet.
Let Them Choose
Encourage your child to take the lead in their dental health routine by letting them choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste. Your child may be much more inclined to pick up their toothbrush if it has their favorite cartoon character or sports team logo on it!
Just like adults, children like to hear when they’ve done a good job. Compliment your child on a beautiful, healthy looking smile. They’ll love the attention and want to keep up their good work. Remind them that their smile is often the first thing people notice about them, so they should try to always put their best smile forward. The easiest way to do that is to keep it healthy with a good brushing routine.
Getting your kids to brush their teeth is a battle many parents fight on a nightly basis. But these tips could make it a little more exciting for your little ones. Don’t forget to schedule your child’s next dental appointment at KidSmile Dental, too!