Getting Your Kids to Brush and Floss
It’s the age-old question and it’s usually followed by a response that is less than satisfactory. Your kids can’t help their state of mind though because they have more important matters occupying their brains. They want to watch one more episode of Spongebob or play one moreround of their favorite game, not go brush and floss their teeth. You on the other hand have the state of their teeth in mind and do care about whether they actually brush their teeth or not. So, how do you get them to brush more regularly with a little more enthusiasm, or at least not exasperation? Consider these tips to help your kids maintain a regular brush and floss routine.
Picking Fun Gear
Kids don’t often get to choose their own gear, so it can be a treat for them to pick out their own toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste. Companies have made many kid-friendly toothbrushes and dental products that have their favorite characters on them. Letting your children pick their own dental items will create excitement and anticipation of using the items they spent time and effort choosing.
Brush to the Music
Sometimes children may brush and floss their teeth but not with the thoroughness you want. A good way to get them to meet your expectations in brushing and flossing and make it more enjoyable for them is to combine brushing and flossing with their favorite song. Colgate recommends brushing your teeth for two minutes for an effective clean and flossing will add a little extra time to the routine. Choose one of your kid’s favorite songs that last around three minutes and allow your kids to brush and floss to the music. This will give them a time expectancy of how long it should take and something to make it more enjoyable.
Brush and Floss with Your Kids
Kids watch and learn from you and will look to you for brushing and flossing habits. Brushing and flossing with your kids will allow you to teach them the proper technique and give you some time to bond with them, especially if you combine it with brushing to music. Have some fun with them and dance and sing while you are brushing and flossing and show them that maintaining dental hygiene can be a fun and relaxing time.
Another good option for encouraging proper dental health is building a reward system for your kids. Keep track of your children’s progress throughout the week and reward them with a small toy or fun trip when they do well. The reward will encourage them to maintain good health while removing some of your stress of wrangling them in each morning and night trying to get them to brush and floss.
The struggle of encouraging kids to brush and floss on a regular basis is not yours alone. Many parents struggle with making this task that is dull and repetitive more fun and enjoyable for their children. Try out these tips that encourage your children to start and maintain a more regular brushing and flossing regimen and keep those pearly whites healthy and bright.