At Henson Family Dental, we love providing quality dental care to the whole family. Many members of our team are parents themselves, and we understand firsthand that getting kids to brush their teeth can be a struggle. With the goal of helping our patients establish healthy dental care habits from a young age, we want to share some of our favorite tips to get your kids brushing regularly.
1. Brush at the Same Time
Kids want to be included, so if you make toothbrushing a family activity, they may be more likely to join in without complaining. Establish a regular family brushing routine so kids know what to expect. As an added bonus, you’ll get your own brushing out of the way!
2. Get a Wacky Toothbrush or Toothpaste
There are tons (and we mean tons!) of dental care products marketed especially toward kids. Next time you’re at the grocery store, have your child pick out the color of their own toothbrush. Or, use a toothpaste in an exciting flavor like cotton candy or bubblegum. Before you know it, your kids will look forward to trying their new tasty toothpaste once it’s time to brush.
3. Make a Game Out of It
As a parent, you know better than anyone what motivates your child. If you can turn brushing into a fun game by creating a rewards system or creating a game out of toothbrushing, your kids will begin to see oral care as a fun activity. And, if any parents reading this have come up with a successful game to encourage brushing, we’d love to hear about it!
No matter what tactic you use to get your kids brushing their teeth, it is important to establish good habits early that they can use for a lifetime. Once your children are old enough, be sure to explain the importance of brushing and flossing as a way to prevent more serious dental problems. To schedule appointments for you and your family or to ask us any questions, contact us online or by phone.