Tips to Help Your Child Love Brushing Their Teeth

children’s oral health February is Children’s Dental Health Month, which makes it a great time to focus on improving children’s oral health. Tooth brushing is the most basic yet most important step kids can take at home to maintain healthy gums and teeth. But, some children have a hard time sticking to routine dental care. These tips can help your kids get excited about brushing every day.

Make Their Toothbrush Exciting

Buy a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste that is theirs alone and package those together in festive wrapping. This makes toothbrushing feel like special self-care instead of just a chore. A good time for an upgrade is Tooth Fairy Day, which is celebrated each year on February 28th.

You can also let your child pick out their own toothpaste and toothbrush. Toothbrushes come in a range of bright, engaging colors with images of popular characters. Letting them choose their favorites gives them a sense of involvement and control.

Turn Tooth Brushing Into a Game

Some parents have a special song they play for toothbrushing to make it an occasion. A song that is two minutes long also serves as a timer to ensure they are brushing their teeth for the right length of time.

There are also apps that you can download that make brushing even more fun, like Pokémon Smile on iPhone and the Google Play Store.

Encourage Kids to Brush on Their Own

When kids are around two, it’s time to let them start brushing their own teeth. Let them put toothpaste on the brush and handle the actual brushing. You may have to do touch-ups after they are done. The most important part is ensuring they are getting the motions down and getting used to taking care of their teeth.

Keeping a handy star chart to have them mark off every brushing they complete is also a good motivator. You can reward them with goodies like a new toothbrush, toothpaste, or a special carrying case for all their oral hygiene products.

Connect With a Family Dentist in Boulder, CO

Regular check-ups and cleanings are another vital part of your kids’ oral health. Time for a check-up? Get in touch with Adler Advanced Dentistry to schedule your child’s appointment. You can reach our office at 303-449-1119.

Dr. Adler is an experienced family dentist with over 30 years in private practice. He also trained at the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, making him a true expert in oral health.


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