Do your kids love brushing their teeth? Do they consistently remember toothbrush time twice a day? What a joke, right? Children are not known for their meticulous dental hygiene! Getting your children to brush their teeth regularly and thoroughly doesn’t have to be a nightmare, though. Here are some ideas to spark creativity and fun as you motivate those kiddos to form this lifelong health habit.
As soon as your baby gets his first teeth, it’s important for you to start brushing those teeth daily. When your kids get old enough to start brushing on their own, here are some ways you can make it fun.
- Musical toothbrush: you sing and they brush. When you pause, they stop brushing until you resume singing. Choose a song from a movie or their favorite show. (Warning: you might end up singing Daniel Tiger or Paw Patrol theme songs a lot!)
- Brush your teeth at the same time. Kids love to imitate the adults around them, and they also learn by watching. Make toothbrush time a bonding activity.
Early Elementary Kids
- Online games: different websites offer age-appropriate toothbrushing games to teach kids how to brush thoroughly or to help them think of brushing their teeth as a game.
- Make a sticker chart or develop some other type of reward system where your kids can earn a prize after a certain number of weeks of remembering to brush their teeth.
- When it’s time for a new toothbrush or toothpaste, let them help choose their own. This will give them ownership in the process (at least for a couple of nights!).
Late Elementary Kids
- Try the toothbrush game app: a device that attaches to the end of a child’s toothbrush and pairs with a smartphone app, allowing the brusher to play a video game while brushing! This is a perfect idea for your high-energy, low attention span 11-year old who needs that extra incentive to complete this “boring” part of his bedtime routine.
- Let your child listen to music or watch a music video on your phone or tablet while they brush their teeth.
- Give them a stopwatch to time themselves and/or their siblings as they brush their teeth for that magic two-minute mark!
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