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06.22.2015

5 Ways to Encourage Good Brushing Habits for Your Children

 

Encourage Your Kids with these 5 Ideas

1.Set an Example: Children are like sponges and almost always want to imitate their parents or guardians. Due to this, you can simply act out what you want them to do and watch them begin copying you. Brush and floss carefully and even walk them through the process so they can see how it’s done—this will help them imitate you accurately as well as grasp a full understanding of the task that’s expected of them.  

 

2.Be Truthful: While it may be a quick fix, don’t make up stories and tales about why it’s important to brush and floss. Rather than talking about fairies and magic, explain to them point blank why this is important in words they can understand. Being clear with your children is a great way to foster trust and understanding between the two of you. 

 

3.Make It Fun: When kids see that this task can be something fun, they’ll be more likely to do it. Let them pick out their own toothpaste and toothbrush, cups for rinsing, and their favorite flavored floss so that they feel they’ve had a hand in this whole routine. They’ll be more excited to participate if they’ve got a say. 

 

4.Create a Game: Even if children are brushing and flossing regularly, they may not be doing it thoroughly enough. Teach them to time themselves for two minutes while they brush either by counting, using a stopwatch, or playing a song. Do the same as they floss.

 

5.Keep Up Dental Appointments: Don’t slack off on your children’s dental appointments. The best way to keep encouraging them is to keep up their regular checkups. Usually with a good checkup, children are rewarded with a dental goodie bag or even a toy, which can give them the push they need to keep up the good work. 

 

Getting children to brush and floss their teeth can be difficult, but if you incorporate these steps, your kids should be on their way to a healthy mouth.

 

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