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How to Make Sure Your Kids are Regularly Brushing Their Teeth

As a parent, it’s essential to ensure that you teach your children how to take care of all aspects of their health, including their teeth. Similar to tasks like eating vegetables or doing homework, brushing their teeth isn’t a task every child tackles with enthusiasm. Follow these tips to make sure your children are regularly brushing their teeth.

Do It Together

There’s no better way to know if your child is brushing their teeth than to watch them do it. Instead of seeming like you’re watching over them, brush together and make it an activity you do every night before bed and when you get up in the morning together. Help younger children brush by letting them practice the motions, but go back yourself to get their teeth and gums thoroughly cleaned.

Let Them Choose a Toothbrush

Brushing is more fun with a vibrant colored toothbrush or if it features your child’s favorite activity, movie, or cartoon character. Go to the store together and make it a special opportunity to pick their own out. There are some that vibrate, light up, or even play music to make the task more fun. Let them pick the flavor of their toothpaste and mouthwash for a complete oral care regimen.

Taking Care of Oral Health

Visiting the dentist every six months for a cleaning encourages positive oral health. A simple dentist visit can identify areas where problems might be forming, or address questions and concerns you might have. Cleaning visits for children tend to come with a sticker, balloon, new toothbrush, or something else fun without being full of sugar. It helps to build a positive relationship with the dentist and emphasizes the importance of taking care of your mouth as a small part of being healthy.

Use a Timer or Music

Brushing without knowing how long is long enough can be confusing for kids. Help your child know how long to brush their teeth by setting a timer or playing a song. When the timer beeps or buzzes they know that they’ve done a thorough job.

Establishing positive oral health habits is just as important as other aspects of your health. Put your children on a solid foundation by getting them into the routine of regularly brushing their teeth, and not just saying that they did. The process may take some monitoring initially but will become second nature to your child and before you know it they’ll be brushing without needing to be reminded.

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