As a parent, you try and do whatever is best for your kids. You do all you can to make sure they get to school on time, bathe, get enough to eat and keep up with their oral hygiene.
Sadly, some kids don’t understand the importance of good oral health. Sugary snacks and days without brushing seem more appealing than the short time it takes them to keep their mouths clean.
If you have children that brushing their teeth is a chore, here are a few suggestions to help them change their tune:
Brush with Them
Do as I say, not as I do is not an applicable statement when it comes to oral health. One of the best ways to help your children learn the importance of brushing their teeth is to do it with them! If they see that you practice what you preach, the more likely they will be to brush their teeth.
This technique also allows for your child to have some needed one-on-one time. Brushing alongside your kid helps make brushing teeth a time to get positive attention from their parents and siblings.
Make It a Game
Another great way to help your children brush their teeth is to make a game out of it. If you’re brushing with them, see if they can brush faster than you, or give them a time limit and see how well they stack up against that time.
Another fun way to help them brush their teeth is by using one of their toys to practice on. They can help Teddy Bear brush his teeth (with just a brush, of course) and then take that practice to their teeth. Practising on a toy is an excellent idea if you are still brushing your child’s teeth for them and they need help calming down to let you brush for them.
Who doesn’t like to be rewarded for a job well done? This technique helps your child brush because they can see the real value of their actions. The negative consequences of not brushing could result in a lifestyle of poor oral health, but that’s a hard concept for a kid to grasp. However, rewards are instantaneous.