Here are 5 ways you can make toothbrushing fun and encourage healthy dental habits:
1. Make toothbrushing a group activity
Brush your teeth together! Young kids love to imitate their parents’ behavior. You’ll show them that you take your dental health seriously, and they should too. Plus, it will serve as a bonding experience.
2. Have your kids brush their teeth to a song
No one ever said you have to brush your teeth in absolute silence. If your child resists your efforts to get them to brush, play an upbeat song so your child can dance while brushing. Playing music will make toothbrushing seem like less of a chore.
Also, having your children brush their teeth to a song will encourage them to brush for the correct amount of time. Dentists recommend brushing for at least 2 minutes. Listening to a song will help make the time fly by! Your kids will have a blast, and they’ll be done brushing their teeth before they know it.
3. Turn toothbrushing into a game
Children love to play games. So, why not turn toothbrushing into a game for your kids? You could make up a story about why your children have to brush their teeth. You could tell them their toothbrush turns them into a superhero that can fight off plaque monsters. Use your imagination and get them excited about taking care of their teeth.
4. Let your kids pick their toothbrush and toothpaste
Make toothbrushing fun by letting your children pick their toothbrush and toothpaste! There are so many colorful toothbrushes and kinds of toothpastes to choose from.
A fun toothbrush and toothpaste of their choosing will help motivate your children to brush their teeth and keep their mouths healthy. They’ll be more tempted to use a toothbrush and toothpaste they selected and that they know they like.
It only takes 2 minutes to brush teeth, but that 2 minutes can become an hour or longer when a child refuses to comply. Keep these tips in mind and try to make toothbrushing fun.