Getting Your Child to Brush Their Teeth

Your child should brush their teeth for a minimum of 2 minutes. Even as adults, that two minutes seems to tick by slowly, and we may not even make it to that mark, succumbing to boredom at a minute and a half. For many people, despite your age, brushing can seem boring. If your kiddo isn’t convinced that brushing their teeth is a good use of valuable playtime, here are some ways to persuade them. Getting your child to brush their teeth can be fun, we promise!

Fun Oral Hygiene Tools

Letting your child choose their own toothbrush, toothpaste, toothbrush holder, step stool, etc can help get them excited about their twice-daily ritual of brushing their teeth. Some toothbrushes play fun tunes while your child brushes and have built in timers to help them know when it’s ok to stop. Plus, picking your own toothpaste flavor is one of the most exciting choices you get to make as a young kiddo.

Reward System

If you have a reward system in your house for good behavior or taking care of chores, include brushing and flossing! Make sure your child understands that it’s not for simply brushing their teeth, but brushing them long enough AND flossing as well. Some popular methods include sweet treats (in moderation), change for their piggy bank, and sticker charts with a special reward after completed.

DIY Toothpaste

If your kiddo is the science-y type, try creating your own toothpaste to use at home! We’d recommend using a fluoride mouthwash with these if it’s age appropriate. Try this recipe for a quick and easy batch of toothpaste. Your kid will love the sensory activity and just might look forward to using toothpaste that they created themselves (with your help, too).

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