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How to Teach Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth on Their Own

One of the best habits to teach your child is oral health. In order for their teeth to be as healthy as possible, they need to brush their teeth at least twice a day and make regular visits to a dentist such as Dental Implant & Cosmetic, PC. While you will have to teach them at first, eventually they will need to learn how to brush without you telling them. Here are four ways to teach your kids to brush their teeth on their own.

Give them hints

Instead of asking your kids if they brushed their teeth, you can instead give them subtle hints that they should. When you’re tucking them in for bed, you can ask “did you forget anything?” or say “Your teeth look really good.” If they haven’t brushed, they’ll likely realize and go do so.

Tell them the consequences for not brushing

Kids might not see the point of brushing their teeth because they’re not thinking of immediate consequences. While forgetting to brush once won’t have much of an effect, doing so repeatedly will lead to cavities and other problems. Make sure they know what can go wrong if they don’t brush their teeth and emphasize how easy of a preventative measure brushing their teeth is.

Lead by example

Your kids should see you brushing your teeth regularly in order to drive home how important of a practice it is. Invite them into the bathroom when you’re brushing your teeth in the morning. Demonstrate proper brushing ability and have them speak up if they catch you doing anything incorrectly while brushing your teeth.

It’s crucial that you set a positive example in order for your kids to understand the importance of keeping their teeth healthy.

Make it fun

Brushing teeth might seem like a monotonous chore for kids, but it doesn’t have to be. You can come up with fun games to play based on brushing. If you have more than one child, you can have contests to see who can brush their teeth the earliest in the morning.

Should dentist visits end with positive feedback, you can decide on an appropriate reward for all the months of good brushing. Eventually, your kids will realize those good teeth is the ultimate reward for good brushing.

We hope this has given you a great idea for how to teach your kids to brush their teeth on their own. It might be difficult at first, but with enough patience, your kids will have great teeth.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

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** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

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**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

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- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
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