Two Ways to Get Your Child to Brush Their Teeth
At first, brushing teeth is an adventure for children. But then what happens? They lose interest so bad they might even treat the task like a punishment. So how can you help your child to see the importance of brushing?
This first suggestions to highlight the consequences of not brushing their teeth. There may be several different ways to do this, depending on the personality of your child.
One way might be to show pictures of what can happen to teeth when they are not brushed. You will know if this is something your child can handle. Children are resilient, but “scaring them straight” with images they cannot handle may have the opposite effect.
Or, try a more subtle approach. There’s an old saying: “You don’t have to brush all your teeth – just the ones you plan to keep.” Now apply that in some effective way:
Mom or Dad: “How many teeth do you plan on keeping?”
Child: “All of them.”
Mom or Dad: “How many teeth should you brush, then?”
You get the idea.
The second suggestion is to change the dental products you buy:
Toothbrush.Find one that has your child’s favorite cartoon super hero on it. The toothbrush now becomes sort of a toy, but an important one. Your child’s “mission” is to visit this toy twice a day to “save” their teeth from the “evil gum disease monster.”
Toothpaste. Most have a mint base, sothey might be too strong. However, toothpaste manufacturers now have different flavors, like assorted berry flavors and bubble gum. You can even find toothpaste with movie or cartoon characters, which will definitely appeal to kids.
So help your child to see why it’s important to brush, and use children’s dental products in the process. Who knows? They might keep their teeth – and enjoy it.Contact us if you need help.