How to Motivate Your Little Ones to Brush Their Teeth

pediatric dentistryAre you one of those parents that has to practically sit on your kids in order to get them to brush their teeth? Does it seem like everyday is a constant chore in order to get their pearly whites looking more polished and clean? As one of the most important parts of not only your child’s oral health but their physical health also, teeth brushing is essential. Try these following tips to motivate your littlest— and even most stubborn— children to brush their teeth.

  1. Watch Toothbrushing Videos Online

Now that we live in the digital age, it’s safe to say that one of the most effective teaching tools— if used correctly— are online instructional videos. Look on YouTube for cartoons on toothbrushing that show how important it is for kids to take care of their teeth. Then after you watch the video, discuss all of the information learned in the video with them— this will help you to reiterate the importance of dental hygiene.

  1. Pick a Toothbrush

Does your child have a favorite movie or cartoon character? If so, take them to the drugstore or grocery store and let them pick a toothbrush with their favorite character on it. This will help to get them excited about brushing their teeth and will hopefully help to motivate them as well.

  1. Brush Together

Kids, especially little kids, love to mimic everything that they see adults do— the good, the bad, and the ugly. Encourage your kids to brush their teeth by brushing your teeth together. Get excited about getting your toothbrush ready with your favorite toothpaste and have your child do the same. Then brush your teeth together— you can even set out a little sand timer to make sure that you guys are brushing your teeth for a long enough amount of time.

It can be hard to motivate little kids to do just about anything, including brushing their teeth. However, by following the three tips listed above, you can help to give them the motivation they need without having to face a temper tantrum every day. To learn more about dental care or to schedule an appointment, contact Today’s Dental.



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