Tips and tricks to get your kids to brush and floss, and like it!

How to make teeth brushing fun for kids

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for people between the ages and 6-19. And it is highly preventable with good oral hygiene. Tooth decay can cause pain, infections and speech delays. That’s why it is very important to teach our little ones at a very early age to brush 2 x day for two minutes.

Start the practice of regularly cleaning your little one’s mouth even before any teeth have erupted by wiping their gums with a warm towel. Once teeth start to erupt, switch to a kid’s size toothbrush with very soft bristles and use a rice sized drop of fluoride toothpaste. Flossing can begin when the teeth start touching.

A very common question is, “When should they go to the dentist for the first time?”. The answer is when they get their first tooth or turn a year old.

But how do you take the “chore” out of teeth brushing? Below are some ways to make teeth brushing fun for kids:

  • Make a superhero story up with your child. Pretend they are a superhero fighting all the “sugar bugs”
  • Make a different funny face in the mirror each time they switch from side to side or to brushing the fronts and backs of their teeth
  • Set a good example by brushing your own teeth first, and stick to routines
  • Pretend you are a mirror and imitate them brushing, then switch and have them do exactly what you do to hit the missed spots
  • Create a reward chart or system
  • Praise them for their super sparkly teeth
  • Turn on their favorite song and have a dance party while brushing for two minutes
  • Check out mouthhealthy.org for some fun toothbrushing songs to sing together
  • Read them their favorite short book and act out the characters while they brush
  • Set timers or use timed electric toothbrushes that sing or light up
  • Bring them shopping so they can pick out their favorite toothbrush and flavor of toothpaste
  • Download videos or brushing apps
  • Brush as a family

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