Do your kids brush their teeth without a fight? Is this twice daily necessity a struggle? You’re not alone. Most kids aren’t excited to brush their teeth, much like they don’t want to take a bath or clean their rooms. Parents often resort to games or stories to encourage cooperation when brushing teeth. For us, singing catchy made-up songs together generally does the trick. Below are some other ideas to get your kids to brush their teeth without a fight.
5 Ways to Get Kids Excited to Brush Their Teeth
Get a Fun Toothbrush
Take your child to the store to pick out their own toothbrush.So many types of brushes are readily available these days at reasonable prices. Disney characters, race cars, dinosaurs and even glow in the dark versions grace the shelves. Your child will be excited to brush their teeth with their cool new toothbrush!
Brush Your Teeth at the Same Time
Make brushing teeth an activity to do together. Spend some quality time with your children and lead by example at the same time.Kids naturally want to be like their parents and brushing together will help them develop good oral hygiene.
Make a Game out of Brushing Teeth
A simple, “I bet I can brush my teeth better than you” might be all you need to get your child started. Or challenge them to see who can make the biggest bubbles while brushing. Let them wear a superhero cape to help rid their mouths of cavity monsters while brushing. Brushing teeth may soon become a favorite activity!
Set up a Reward System
You might try to set up a system of rewards to provide incentive for your child to brush their teeth. For example, let them stay up 15 minutes past their bedtime if they brush their teeth without your asking, Or perhaps 7 days of brushing twice/day will lead to an extra hour of video games. Come up with an incentive for which your child will strive.
Turn Tooth Brushing into an Epic Story
Channel your creativity to make up stories about why we all need to brush our teeth. Describe how the enemies of the smile kingdom can be extinguished only with through brushing with a special toothbrush. Let the story develop a little at a time with you and your child alternately contributing a sentence; the ending can be different each day.
We would love to hear what works for you!
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