Do you ever feel frustrated when trying to motivate your child to brush their teeth? If so, you’re not the only parent who feels that way. Many children despise brushing, so they usually fight parents when they are asked to brush. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case for you and your child. There are things you can do to motivate your child to brush their teeth.
No. 1: Let your child pick a new toothbrush at the store. Using a new toothbrush might help your child feel like they’re making a new start. Encourage them to choose a brush that they will enjoy using. Some children like using brushes that have their favorite cartoon characters on them or brushes that play music when used. Electric brushes also motivate children to brush. If necessary, let your child choose their favorite toothpaste as well.
No. 2: Help your child understand that their toothbrush is like a superhero. There are little bugs on the teeth and gums, and if they forget to brush, those bugs hurt the smile, making holes in the teeth and causing tooth sensitivity. When they clean their teeth, their brush fights those bugs and washes them away, saving the smile.
No. 3: Talk to your child about their favorite candy. Explain that because their favorite candy has sugar, they need to brush their teeth twice a day if they want to eat that candy. Explaining it this way might help your child better understand the importance of oral hygiene.
For more information on how to motivate your child on how to brush their teeth in Seattle, Washington, please call Best Dentistry at 206-783-3000. Dr. Linh Nguyen and our dental team will be happy to hear from and help you!