It’s quite tricky to explain something like dental hygiene to a small child. But all the same, if healthy dental habits are instilled at a young age, a lifetime of teeth problems could be avoided. You should start encouraging your child to brush their own teeth from the age of three, but that’s easier said than done. Here are five tricks that could help you get your child to brush every morning and night without having to wrestle and pin them down.
Brush with them.
Children love to imitate grown ups. So when it’s time for brushing, don’t do it in turns, take your child to the bathroom with you and brush in front of them with visible enjoyment. They will start seeing brushing as a cool, fun thing that grown ups do, and will look forward to brushing on their own.
Buy some really attractive toothbrushes
Get brushes that look like your favorite cartoon characters, or animals. Change the brush every two months to something in a new design. Children love owning unique things, and will give no trouble brushing with their favorite princess or transformer brush
Have a brushing song
Pick a song that your child loves, that’s not longer than 150 seconds. Play that song at brushing time, and tell your child that they need to keep brushing till the song is over. This ensures that your kid doesn’t get bored and stop brushing before they have done the mandatory two-and-a half –minutes of brushing.
Tell them stories about brushing
Children will find it much easier to understand why cavities and plaque are harmful, if they can imagine them as supervillains, and their toothpaste and brush as a superhero and his sidekick. Let your imagination soar, make up stories to keep your kids interested in brushing.
Have a chart in your bathroom where you can put up a star or a smiley sticker every time your child brushes their teeth well, without help or prompting from you. Praise them for their stickers and reward them when they get a fixed number of stickers