Are you tired of reminding your kids for the umpteenth time to brush their teeth? It can get tiring, especially after going through it every morning and every night. Want some fun ways to encourage your kids to brush their teeth without having to nag them? Dr. Sean Feely has some helpful tips that will have your kids looking forward to brushing.
1. Get Them a Fun Toothbrush
Buy a toothbrush of your child’s favorite color or cartoon character to make brushing a special experience for them. Toothbrushes that light up, spin or play songs are also popular choices. For older children or teenagers, spark their love of the latest technology with a cool new electric toothbrush.
2. Brush Your Teeth Alongside Them
We all know that kids — in fact, adults too — learn best by example. Brushing your teeth together with your child will illustrate how important regular brushing is to you, and can be a good time to show them proper brushing techniques like using gentle strokes, brushing both inner and outer tooth surfaces and brushing along the gum line. You can also control how much time you both brush, ensuring that you meet the two-minute recommendation of the American Dental Association.
3. Use a Cool App
Take advantage of the many cool smartphone apps out there to make brushing teeth a treat for little ones. Disney’s Magic Timer app uses your kid’s favorite Disney characters and the reward of digital “stickers” to encourage your child to brush for a set amount of time and collect as many as they can. The Brusheez app has animated timers and customizable characters that sing songs and demonstrate proper brushing techniques.
4. Provide Incentive with Rewards
Reinforce each tooth brushing session with a small prize, like a sticker or an extra 15 minutes of play time. You can also put each session towards a larger goal, like a new stuffed toy or game app on their smartphone for every 20 times they brush. Keep track of this with a visual incentive, such as an empty mason jar on the bathroom counter that you drop a penny in each time they brush their teeth. Extra pennies can be added to reward them for brushing for two full minutes and doing a thorough job cleaning their teeth. Your child can then count up the pennies and see how close they are to their goal.
Schedule an Appointment for Your Child Today
At Ramona Family Dentistry, we make it a point to create a warm, positive environment for children so that they feel comfortable going to the dentist. And as a family dentist, Dr. Sean Feely has the knowledge and experience to care for the specific needs of young patients. To schedule an appointment for your child, contact our office today by calling (760) 789-0170.