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Tips To Make Brushing Fun For Your Child

Posted by Modesto Kidz Dental on Dec 11 2022, 10:14 PM

Teaching your child how to brush their teeth is one of the most important oral care lessons you can teach them. It’s vital that your child learns proper oral hygiene at an early age, so their smile stays healthy for a lifetime. Here are some tips to make brushing fun for your little ones. 

  • Set a timer

Setting a timer for your child is a great way to ensure that the right amount of time is being spent on their brushing routine each day. Typically two minutes is the recommended brushing time. To create a good habit of thorough oral care as early as possible, it is recommended that parents begin setting a timer for their children as soon as they are able to comprehend the concept of time and patience.

  • Let your children choose their own toothbrush

You can encourage your children to brush and floss regularly by letting them pick out the toothbrush that they use. Children prefer using cute and colorful toothbrushes over dull ones. This can make brushing much more interesting for your children and make them look forward to doing it every morning before leaving for school or before bedtime before bed.

For younger children, you can try to find a cartoon character-themed toothbrush or a toothbrush with their favorite animal on it. If your child is older, you can let them choose a toothbrush with a color that they like best or one that has their favorite superhero character on. Letting your children choose the toothbrush they like can help them feel excited about brushing in the morning and can encourage them to do their best to take care of their teeth and gums afterward.

When children are excited and motivated about taking care of their teeth, they will do a much better job than if they were just told to do it because it is necessary for them to have a healthy smile. They will also be much more likely to continue this habit as they get older and become teenagers when they are still going to the dentist for routine cleanings and checkups.

  • Lead by example and make it a family affair

Teaching good oral hygiene habits to your kids starts at home with you. Children look up to their parents and will naturally imitate their behaviors and actions. This means that if you teach your children how to brush properly, they are more likely to follow suit. Leading by example also empowers them to take their health into their own hands and encourages them to make good hygiene choices on their own without constant reminders from their parents.

Brushing can be a fun bonding experience between a parent and their child. It can also be a time for them to spend together doing something positive and healthy for both of their long-term well-being. It can even be a way to calm them down if they are feeling anxious or nervous. Simply brushing your teeth with them can give them a sense of security in knowing that they have their parent’s support as they go through new experiences, such as going to the dentist’s office!

At our office, we practice what we preach and teach our youngest patients and their parents about the importance of maintaining great oral hygiene from an early age. Come visit us to learn more about how we can make your family’s visit with us a positive one! 

  • Design a reward system

You can make brushing a fun activity for your child by making it into a game. Create a reward system that reinforces the importance of brushing and flossing in a fun way. For example, offer to buy them a new toy if they continue to brush twice a day for an entire month. This will give them something to look forward to as well as a reason to care about their oral health! 

  • Read books to teach your child about the importance of oral hygiene

It can be difficult for children to understand the importance of good oral health when it’s not made a priority at home. If they’re not taught why it’s important to brush and floss their teeth or if they don’t understand why cavities are harmful to their overall health, they might resist. However, introducing children to books about proper oral hygiene can help them to understand what’s at stake if they don’t take care of their teeth now. 

Schedule an appointment with Modesto Kidz Dental to make sure your child is in optimal dental health. We are at Bldg B, 2801 Coffee Rd, Modesto, CA 95355. Contact us at (209) 578-3131 or visit our website for more information. 

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