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3 Tips for Getting Your Kid to Brush Their Teeth

Aug 24, 2021
3 Tips for Getting Your Kid to Brush Their Teeth
One of the most common phrases heard from parents everywhere is, “Have you brushed your teeth?”

3 Tips for Getting Your Kid to Brush Their Teeth

Cute little girl in pink pyjamas in bathroom brushing her teeth

One of the most common phrases heard from parents everywhere is, “Have you brushed your teeth?” Has the frustration hit you from trying to get your kids to brush their teeth? We get it, our lives can get hectic. The same goes for our children’s lives with having to get ready for school, doing homework, and after-school practices. Maybe your little one is just starting to brush their own teeth and you are finding they are having trouble remembering or wanting to do it on their own. Instead, they’d rather get a few more minutes of play before bed. Here are three tips below that can help get your children to brush their teeth.

Craft a Solid Routine

Many parents are great at creating routines. Now, sticking to that routine is another story. Sadly, many of us are guilty of this. We create a routine, but then life throws a sock-it-wrench in the gears, and we slack. Our little ones need consistency, some more than others (I know mine does!). Your dental care professional may even advise this. Develop a routine to have your kids brush their teeth at a certain time every day (morning, after dinner, before bed). Soon they have the routine down pat, being avid tooth brushers at that.

Make It Fun!

dental care professional says to brush your teeth for two minutes. To influence your kids to actually brush their teeth for that long, make those two minutes fun! Set a two-minute timer, then create a fun challenge, such as saying you will hop on one foot if they can brush their teeth for 2 minutes. Play music, manifest a story. Why not do a play-by-play like a sports announcer as they brush their teeth? Make it fun!

Make it a Family Thing

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools warns that 51 million school hours are lost each year due to a dental-related illness. And any dental care professional will say a family that brushes together fights cavities and gum illness together. We adults still have to brush our teeth, right? It’s a great encouragement to our kids as well. They brush their teeth and you do too. Once more, you can make it fun by brushing your teeth together, which makes good oral hygiene fun!