We know it isn’t always easy to encourage your child to brush their teeth. However, it’s an important habit to build early on. By practicing these routines at a young age, you encourage them to continue them throughout their adult life. Plus, keeping cavities away reduces their risk of losing a tooth too soon. So, we wanted to share with you a few ways you can make oral hygiene habits like teeth brushing fun.
- Allow your child to choose their toothbrush and toothpaste.
Letting your child select their toothbrush is a great way to make it a fun experience. There are all kinds of characters, colors, and features. Give them their choice of toothpaste, too. Many companies get creative with their flavors. Remember, what matters is that your child is making this a routine they enjoy.
- Listen to toothbrushing songs.
Play a toothbrushing song that will help your child brush for at least two minutes. Listen to it a few times until everyone in your household knows it, so it’s easy to sing. Change up the song every now and then to break up the routine. It’s a way of making the habit more enjoyable and less boring.
- Create a reward chart.
Create a reward chart for your child. Have them keep track of every time they brush their teeth and then give them a small prize after a certain number of days. It will encourage the behavior and associate positive feelings with regular oral hygiene habits.
- Practice on toys.
Your child can practice brushing the teeth of their favorite stuffed toy or doll. Make sure they get all sides of the tooth. Plus, it’s a great way to teach a child that they shouldn’t share a toothbrush. So, they don’t want to put the play toothbrush in their mouth since their favorite toy has already used it.
- Be a good example.
One of the best ways to encourage your child to brush their teeth is by brushing your own regularly. Make sure they see you brushing and flossing regularly. Showing this behavior to them encourages them to do the same, especially since good (and bad) habits tend to be passed down from parent to child.