‘When my brother and I were very young – neither of us had started school yet – we often didn’t feel like brushing our teeth before bedtime. It was boring, and it signaled the end of play. It meant putting away the Legos and doing that dreaded routine of getting clean. Sometimes, while at my […]
Grandpa’s scary tooth removal worked for us, but how can all parents get their kids to brush
like they are supposed to? The American Dental Association recommends that children brush their teeth for two minutes, contacting every surface. For a kid, that two minutes can feel like an hour if they are thinking about other fun things they are missing. Here are a few suggestions for helping to make brushing fun.
• Sing a song while you brush. It will be fun for the kids because it makes a mess. They’ll be laughing and spitting toothpaste everywhere, so stay close by the sink. If you use this method, though, help them be sure to still get the brush on the teeth where it goes.
• Be contagious. You and your spouse take the kids in the bathroom with you while you brush, and play up how much fun you are having.
• Fill the time with compliments. Enthusiastically praise them for the great job they are doing while they brush their teeth.
• Lastly, don’t forget to have them brush their own. Yes, sometimes it is important that you help to make sure their teeth actually get cleaned, but don’t fail to make the habit of them brushing their own.’