How to Encourage Kids to Brush By Themselves

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Is getting your child to brush their teeth a daily struggle? We have some simple methods you can try that might be just the encouragement they need to start taking initiative and brushing their teeth every day on their own.

Let Them Pick Out a Fun Toothbrush & Toothpaste

A boring toothbrush and mint-flavored toothpaste may not be enticing for all kids. It might be time to switch it up! Simply letting your child pick out their own toothpaste flavor and toothbrush that is their favorite color or has their favorite TV character on it can provide them with a sense of autonomy and motivate them to brush more, since they get to use the dental tools that they picked out.

Put on a Teeth-Brushing Song

Whether the song you or your child chooses is dental-related or not, playing music while brushing can help those two minutes fly by! Some children’s toothbrushes will even play music when a button is pressed, which helps make their oral care routine more entertaining and helps them brush their teeth long enough every morning and evening.

Model Positive Dental Habits for Them

Children are constantly looking to their parents to see what they should be doing and how they should be acting. If continually asking them to brush their teeth is getting you nowhere, it might help to simply invite your child to brush their teeth while you are also brushing your teeth. Watching you keep your teeth may help to inspire them to do the same!

Highlight the Importance of Dentistry

You don’t have to go into great detail about plaque and tooth decay, but it can be helpful to explain to kids why it is that they should brush and floss. If your child is into superheroes, describing harmful bacteria as “sugar monsters” and their toothbrush and toothpaste as superheroes can make the entire process more fun and put teeth brushing into terms that are easier for your child to understand.

Consult with Our Team!

Sometimes talking to a dental professional can also have a big impact on a child’s dental habits. If you think having a conversation with a qualified pediatric dentist would help, our team would be more than happy to assist. Contact us today!


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