Getting children to brush their teeth can be quite challenging. However, proper oral hygiene is essential for healthy teeth and gums.
Dentists recommend that parents get their kids used to oral care when they are babies. This will ensure that they have strong, healthy teeth as adults. When people do not practice regular oral hygiene, they are at high-risk for such things as gum disease and tooth decay. Read: High levels of tooth decay found in three-year-olds – NHS.
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Take Them Shopping
One terrific way to encourage kids to brush their teeth is to get them involved in shopping for tooth care products. Take them to the store and help them choose their own toothbrushes, toothpaste and bathroom cups. There is a vast array of children’s toothbrushes and cups on the market that will help make brushing teeth fun.
These brushes and cups come in many bright colours and styles from animal characters to Disney characters. There are also many different flavours of toothpaste for kids, and some even have sparkles in them to encourage kids to brush.
Let the Kids Take Control
Small children love learning how to do things on their own. Although young children may not do a perfect job at first, parents should let them try to brush their own teeth. Letting them put their own toothpaste on their toothbrushes and attempt to brush their own teeth will make them feel like “big” kids.
Parents may have to intervene and finish the job for them, but if they do it subtly, the children will not mind.
Many parents of toddlers make up a song that they sing to the children only during tooth brushing time. Silly songs about brushing animal’s teeth prove to be extremely effective and entertaining for children, and since the parents only sing the song during the time they brush their teeth, the children start to look forward to this time with their parents.
Involve Their Toys
A fun way to teach toddlers how to brush their teeth is to show them on their favourite dolls or action figures. After the parent “brushes” the doll’s “teeth”, they should then let the child brush the doll’s teeth, as well. When the doll’s teeth are “clean”, the parent then tells the child that it is his or her turn. Find out more.
Make It a Game
A fun way to get older children brushing is to make a game out of it. Play some of their favourite music and have them brush different areas of their teeth until the music stops. Repeat this until they have thoroughly brushed all of their teeth. This method is even more effective when a parent or sibling takes part in the game, as well.
In conclusion, getting children to take care of their teeth can be quite difficult, as most of them simply are not interested in proper oral hygiene. However, it is essential that parents teach their children from early on how to take care of their teeth to prevent such things as gum disease and tooth decay.
Any parent can make brushing teeth entertaining for their children by using one of the tips as outlined above.