Your child has reached the age that he or she can begin brushing his or her teeth without help. But let’s face it—getting your child to brush his or her teeth can be like (pardon the expression) pulling teeth. So how do you get your child excited about dental hygiene? How do you convince them that caring for their pearly whites can be enjoyable?
Make It a Group Event
One way to make morning and nighttime brushing fun is to do it together. Make it a family event! Aside from making dental hygiene fun, this can help you to teach your child how to properly brush. Children tend to copy what their parents do. Show them the proper technique for cleaning their teethers.
Two Minutes of Fun
It is important that you teach your child to brush his or her teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. There are several ways that you can make this two minutes fun! Keep track of time in a fun way, like using a two-minute sand timer. Another thing you can try is having a two-minute dance party. Try playing a song that is about two minutes long while your child brushes their teeth and dance along. Your child may prefer watching a fun, two-minute video while brushing their teeth. Yet another idea is making up a silly song or rhyme or song for teeth-cleaning time. Trying to recite or sing this with a toothbrush in your mouth will make it sound silly and fun!
Make a Chart
To further encourage your child to brush their teeth, you may want to consider making him or her a teeth-brushing chart. Let him or her proudly place the stickers of their choice on the chart to record when they brushed their teeth. If you like, you can offer rewards to your child if he or she earns a certain number of stickers in a given week.
Feel free to contact Payson Premier Dental at 928-472-8400 today for more tips and to schedule your or your child’s next reservation with our dentists in Payson, Arizona. Dr. Wade, Dr. Simpson, and our team are so excited to get to know you and your family!