To your kids, brushing teeth can seem like a hassle. In addition to school, activities and family time, they’re learning how to take care of themselves and others in new ways every day.
Brushing teeth is just one of the necessary life skills every child needs to learn. Getting your child in the habit of brushing twice a day for two minutes is no small accomplishment, but a little creativity and added fun can go a long way when it comes to encouraging them to stay persistent.
Here are some ideas to make brushing teeth fun and interesting for kids.
The Two-Minute Jam Session:
While brushing teeth. Play 2 minutes of your child’s favorite song. This will help the time fly by and keep them moving and brushing.
Stick to the Routine:
It may be very tempting to skip brushing teeth at the end of a long day our while you are on vacation, but sticking to the routine will always help solidify your child’s habit of brushing their teeth. Try hard to stick to the plan and schedule.
Rewarding Your Child for Brushing:
Something that has helped a lot of parents in the past to stay on track is a sticker reward chart everytime their child brushes their teeth. Each time they brush their teeth add a sticker of their favorite color. Rewards can also be as simple as a high five at the end of every brushing session.
Let your child pick out his own toothpaste and toothbrush. This is a great way to keep them interested in brushing their teeth. We recommend products with the ADA Seal of acceptance. Maybe they might like a superhero brush. Or maybe they would like to choose their flavor of toothpaste.
Make Brushing a Family Affair:
As you probably know, children learn from example. Make brushing a family event. They will enjoy the company and it will also help you stay on a good brushing schedule.
Now! Here is a 2 minute Plants vs. Zombies song from the ADA to play while having a dancing tooth brushing party!