How to Encourage Your Child to Brush Their Teeth

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Your child has reached the age that they can begin brushing their teeth without help. But let’s face it—getting your child to brush his or her teeth can be like (pardon the expression) pulling teeth. So how do you get your child excited about dental hygiene? How do you convince them that caring for their pearly whites can be fun? Dr. Valerie Foster and our team are excited to share some tips with you.

Let Your Child Choose
Your child may be more excited about brushing his or her teeth if he or she has a say in choosing their toothbrush or toothpaste. Many children’s toothbrushes and toothpastes come in fun colors or have a fun cartoon character on them. In addition, children’s toothpastes come in fun flavors like watermelon or cherry. Your child may be excited to brush with their new, special toothbrush and toothpaste!

Two Minutes of Fun
It is important that you teach your child to brush his or her teeth for at least two minutes, twice every day. There are several ways that you can make this two minutes fun! Keep track of time in a fun way, like using a two-minute sand timer. Another thing you can try is having a two-minute dance party. Play a song that is about two minutes long while your child brushes their teeth and dance along. Your child may prefer watching a fun, two-minute video while brushing their teeth. Yet another idea is making up a silly song or rhyme or song for teeth-cleaning time. Trying to recite or sing this with a toothbrush in your mouth will make it sound that much the sillier!

Make a Chart
To further encourage your child to brush their teeth, you may want to consider making him or her a teeth-brushing chart. Let him or her proudly place gold star stickers, or the stickers of their choice, on the chart to record when they brushed. If you like, you can offer rewards to your child if he or she earns a certain number of stickers in a given week.

We welcome you to contact our office at 503-649-7011 today for more tips and to schedule your or your child’s next reservation with our dentist in Aloha, Oregon.