Brushing teeth is a necessity for life and so it is important to teach your child good brushing habits from the start to ensure good oral health.
By making brushing fun you can ensure your child will develop these habits which they will remember for a lifetime.
These days you can download videos for your kids to brush along to showing valuable brushing techniques and keeping them brushing for the most appropriate timing of 2 minutes.
Alternatively there are also lots of songs you can brush to, catchy tunes with instructions and good for timing as they need to brush until the end.
Using your imagination is a good way to instill good habits, get your child to pretend they are a hippo or tiger to open their mouth wide. As they begin to lose teeth pretend the gap is a little doorway for the tooth fairy to visit them or for any other imaginary friends they might have. Perhaps pretend your child is a super hero who will defeat the evil germs.
If your child is a reluctant brusher try letting them brush your teeth and make it a game, show you enjoy being pampered and being clean.
Let them be part of the process by putting the toothpaste on the brush. When at the supermarket let them choose which child brush they want to us – many of these are characters and so you could start a series of stories based around the character brush, tell your child how sad the character is if they don’t brush properly.
When learning brushing techniques play follow the leader. You show them a brushing technique and get them to copy. As they get better swap roles and get them to take the lead, if they aren’t using the correct technique this is when you can correct them (subtly).
Use rewards as incentives. When your child reaches a milestone give them a sticker to go towards a prize (try not to make the ultimate prize lollies, however at least if they are brushing correctly they are counteracting the lolly hit)!
Children respond well to positive encouragement so do remember to continuously reinforce how well they are doing and soon you will have instilled habits that will help ensure good oral health for a lifetime!
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