When you think of the word "fun," that conjures up several ideas of various activities and enjoyable pastimes. While it may not be the first thing to come to mind, cleaning teeth is a fun activity as well.
How so? Brushing can be turned into a fun activity by involving the entire family in the activity. The secret to making brushing successful and fun is to not treat brushing like a chore.
Here are a couple of great tips to make the process of brushing teeth easier:
Start Your Dental Care Earlier
Brushing your child's teeth just before bedtime may seem like a good idea, but as any parent knows, the later it gets, the crankier kids get. It may not be the teeth brushing routine that kids object to, but the time chosen to brush teeth. As it gets closer to bed, children may be ready for sleep, not oral hygiene. In that instance, switch up the brushing and flossing routine by taking care of teeth after dinner instead.
Brush as a Team
Kids like doing things as a team. More importantly, kids like doing things with their parents. Doing what Mom and Dad does is something that small children aspire to. To get kids more motivated into practicing good oral care, turn brushing into a "team" activity. Be a participant in brushing instead of merely a supervisor. There is also the extra incentive of that while you teach your children proper brushing habits, you may improve your own personal dental care as well.
Get Down With the Brushing Sound
Make brushing fun! Brushing does not have to be a boring activity. Add a little music to your brushing proceedings. When your child is brushing their teeth, pick a selection of songs that they enjoy. While brushing, choose one song and have them time their brushing to the beat to ensure that they brush the entirety of their mouth. Pick at least a good two minute song for them to brush and floss to the rhythm. For the next night, choose another musical selection for them to have their own bicuspid boogie.
With kids, explaining the importance of good dental care is not always enough. By making brushing something to look forward to with games and rewards for good behavior, kids will get excited. Make it fun, be creative, and most importantly, praise your children when they do a good job. Children have to start good oral hygiene somewhere, and with great practice, you will make a great brusher of teeth.
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