Brushing is one of the most important routines in your child’s life. It ensures your child’s dental health. However, if your kid hates brushing, it probably won’t happen as often as it should. Here are some tips to make brushing more fun for your child.
As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, you can gently brush their teeth and gums with a soft baby toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. As they mature, teach your children how to floss and help them get comfortable using mouthwash. By starting early and often, you help instill healthy habits that will stay with your child for life!
Studies suggest you should spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth twice a day, so using a toothbrush timer is an excellent way to make sure your child is brushing for long enough. Turn the timer on and brush until you hear the alarm.
Dental cleanings aren’t fun for anyone, especially kids! It’s vital that they brush and floss, but you don’t have to force the issue completely on your own. Instead, you should make brushing a game. Let them pick out their own toothbrushes or toothpaste flavors, and you can help them have fun while practicing good habits. Here are some games you can play with your little ones to help them keep their teeth clean!
The first thing you’ll want to do is find a toothbrush your child will enjoy using. A toothpaste brand they like is important, but if you can get them to get excited about the brush itself, you’re more likely to get them excited about brushing their teeth. For younger children, choose a cute, colorful design. Older children might prefer something more quirky and cool, like a character from a favorite TV show or movie. Also, for their small mouth, we recommend a small brush head, so they’re able to reach those back teeth easily. A soft-bristled brush is also recommended since it will be gentler on sensitive gums for little ones. Make sure the bristles reach all the way to where the teeth meet the gums so they can get to every surface they need to clean.
Parents can use some tricks to make brushing fun for kids! For example, if its morning time, try offering them a favorite snack to eat after brushing instead of before. You can also give them a sticker reward chart so they can see how many teeth they brushed, and later offer them some small prizes for completing it.
These tips can help keep kids’ smiles healthy and clean – while making it an enjoyable experience for them as well! To know more, call us at (907) 336-1234 and schedule an appointment with the dentist.