As with bathing, eating those fruits and vegetable, and just about anything that is important, parents often struggle to get kids excited about brushing their teeth properly. Kids mayeven meet the important activity with active refusal. But teaching them to brush teeth regularly is a crucial part of ensuring they have a chance at fighting tooth decay over the long term. Thus, the benefits to sticking with the mission are endless. Any progression you make will also benefit you financially, even saving on your families dental insurance. To get started, here are five ways to make the process easier:
- How to begin – The key is to role model. The best way to begin this is to brush your teeth regularly in a way that makes it seem like more than just a tedious chore. Always have them brush with you, make it fun, and most of all at least appear happy while doing it. Let your kids watch, copy you, and then reward them with praise. To make it easier to achieve a fun brushing session, consider buying your child an electronic one. Some parents have reported success with allowing their children to brush theirs and vice versa.
- Exaggerate with a little story-time – Remember, younger children simply won’t understand why gingivitis and or cavities are so bad, you must break it down into plain English. Be vivid in describing exactly what failing to brush your teeth will do to your child’s teeth. Describe the consequences in terms of hygiene. Food residue will not just “cause cavities”, they will “leave bugs that eat teeth” or something along those lines. This will help the kids understand the issue visually, leaving a strong impression that will last.
- Imagine the train wheels – A good way to teach children anything is through taking advantage of their vivid imagination. One popular method regarding teeth brushing is to have them imagine the process as helping “choo-choo” train wheels moving with each brush stroke. This will get them to do the proper circular motion that removes plaque more efficiently. This technique is far more effective than the back and fourth motion and will help them get the most from a brush.
- Have fun with the bubbles –Take care to remind your child that the more bubbles they make while brushing, the better the job they are doing. Some brands keep bubbles in mind when creating their formulas for this very purpose, kids love it. To make things more fun, you could even make things competitive with a little one on one contest.
- Compliment and praise – As you want to do with any new skill, it’s important to encourage your children. Praise them when they do it correctly and regularly. If your child decides to be stubborn as many do, don’t panic. One recommended method of overcoming this issue is to arrange a visit to the dentist. Dentists can provide a helpful degree of explanation and demonstration. It is often the case that children simply like to disobey their parents. However, a few photographs of cavities and unhealthy gums at the dentist can’t hurt your mission.