4 Ways to Help Your Kid Brush Their Teeth on a Regular Basis

4 Ways to Help Your Kid Brush Their Teeth on a Regular Basis

Posted by Palm Court Dental on Jan 18 2022, 08:46 PM

Parents know the struggle they go through in establishing a routine or habit with their children. Brushing their teeth on a regular basis is one of the prime examples. Kids often tend to put off brushing and/or indulge in sweets after they have brushed their teeth for the night. Many times, it is impossible to reason with them to form healthy habits.

We have listed 4 unique methods to make your life easier.

Why Is It Important to Promote Regular Brushing?

As per the American Academy of Pediatrics parenting website, primary tooth decay is a major predictor of cavities in adult teeth, which in turn can have a negative impact on general health later in life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, dental cavities caused due to acids made by bacteria is a major concern in the United States. It affects 21.4% toddlers(aged 2–5) and an alarming 53.8% youngsters(aged 12–19).

4 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Brush Regularly

  • Let them choose their toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Make a game out of it
  • Entice them with rewards
  • Lead by example


1.  Let Them Choose Their Toothbrush & Toothpaste

Take them out on your shopping runs and involve them in the choice of their brush and paste. They are more likely to be excited to see their favorite superhero-themed brushes than others. Teach them to rinse and spit, but use fluoride-free toothpaste just in case they swallow accidentally.

2.  Make a Game Out of It

Ask their help on the most important mission of the day - to kill the plaque monsters and bacteria by using the powerfully flavored toothpaste. Tickle their imagination to make it more fun rather than a mundane activity.

3.  Entice Them With Rewards

Kids respond extremely well to rewards and appreciation. So reward them with a small toy or chocolate if they brush their teeth in the morning and night consistently for 3 weeks. Even if you don’t give any materialistic rewards, make sure to applaud their efforts.

4.  Lead by Example

It is said that it takes 21 days of regular practice to form a habit. Kids will find it more encouraging to follow if you join them in their quest.

 

It is imperative that your child forms a habit to care for their oral health. For more dental health tips, visit Palm Court Dental, 17122 Slover Ave Suite 103, Fontana, CA 92337,  or give us a call at (909) 8293994.

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