Four Tips to Encourage Your Kids To Brush Their Teeth!
By: Dr. Peter Markov, Owner and Kids Dentist at VK Pediatric Dentistry in Arlington, VA
Have Your Child Pick Out a Toothbrush They Want!
By letting your child pick out their toothbrush, they will feel more invested in their oral health and may even become excited about brushing their teeth. I'd recommend getting your child an electric toothbrush as soon as they can tolerate the noise and vibration. I like the sonicare kids or the quip kids for any kids over 3 years of age! The vibration on these brushes isn't as intense and is an easier transition for most children.
Play A Song That Your Child Loves While They Brush Their Teeth
According to the American Dental Association, kids should brush their teeth for at least two minutes twice a day. It can be difficult to get your child to do anything for two minutes straight. We've found playing music can help make it a more fun daily routine. Throw on your child’s favorite song or brush your teeth with them to make the time fly by.
Use positive reinforcement
After your child brushes their teeth, it’s important to provide them with praise. Brushing their teeth every night isn't something they will find immediate rewards in (though the long term health consequences are very positive). Every time your child reaches a goal whether it’s small or big, reward them so they begin to look forward to brushing their teeth. I love using a calendar with a star. If they brush their teeth every day that month, they get a special prize.
Stick to a routine
Creating a morning and bed-time routine is an effective way to make sure that your child is brushing their teeth. It can be tempting to skip brushing at night when you’ve had a long day or when you’re on vacation but that's actually the most important time to brush.
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