If you are a new parent or have one particular child who isn’t too fond of brushing his or her teeth, it may be difficult to persuade them otherwise. Luckily, there is no shortage of parents here at Lingenbrink Orthodontics who have experienced the same difficulties. Below you will find a few tips and tricks to get your child to not only make brushing their teeth a habit, but make it fun for them as well.
Get Them Started Early
Introduce tooth brushing to your child at an early age. Doing so will reinforce the importance of doing so. Let them know that brushing their teeth will help prevent nasty cavities and will give them a bright and beautiful smile.
Play A Little Show & Tell
Brush your teeth with them! This may give you a little extra brushing time as well. Just get down to their level so that they can see exactly what you’re doing. Tell them to brush their teeth like the wheels on a train and show them how to get all their teeth on every side.
Let Them Pick Their Own Brush
Toothbrushes and toothpastes come in a variety of different shapes, colors, and sizes. If you child is obsessed with a new Disney movie, chances are there’s a toothbrush for it. When kids get excited about their new toothbrush or toothpaste, they may be more inclined to brush on their own.
Let Them Try On Their Own
By around age 2, you can try and let them brush on their own. If they make a mess, don’t worry about it. Toothpaste cleans up pretty easily.
Make A Game Out Of It
Needs some creative ideas? Put them on the clock and see how close they can get to 2 minutes. Brush with them to see who can make the most bubbles. Tell them to show off their smile to see if there are any visible cavity monsters.
Give them some positive reinforcement! We don’t want this experience to be bad for them. Let them know that they are doing an excellent job caring for their teeth and that their smile shines brighter each and every time the brush.
Get Them In To See An Orthodontist
It may be a little early now, but by age 7 you should have your child visit the orthodontist to make sure their teeth are in proper alignment. Doing so will make future treatments much shorter and more effective. When the time comes, give us a call! We have 3 offices in Bremerton, Port Orchard & Gig Harbor for your convenience.