As a family dentist, one of the things parents tell us time and time again is that they have a hard time getting their kids to brush their teeth. While there’s no magical recipe that will make your kids want to brush their teeth morning and night, there are ways you can encourage brushing in your home. Here are a few strategies we suggest as your family dentist:
- Start early — The earlier you start helping your kids brush your teeth, the better. However, even if your kids are older, it’s not too late. Make a commitment today that you’ll make helping your kids brush your teeth a priority.
- Do it with them –– When it comes to teeth brushing, one of the best ways to encourage your kids is to lead by example. Whenever you brush your teeth, have your kids come with you and do it, too.
- Let them pick their own toothpaste and toothbrush — If your kids have a say in what toothbrush they use and their toothpaste, they may be more likely to brush. However, as a family dentist, we recommend getting your child a new toothbrush every three months.
- Make it a game –– Your children should be brushing their teeth for a minimum of two minutes each time. If your kids are struggling to reach this mark, try making a game out of it. We recommend setting a timer or having them brush along with a song that’s around two minutes long.