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Fun Ways to Get Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth

Mar 09, 2006 12:00AM

We all know how difficult it is to get kids to brush their teeth. In recognition of children’s dental health month (February), we’ve decided to offer some help.

  1. Let your child pick out a few toothbrushes with some favorite characters and give him or her a choice of which one he or she wants to use each time. Not only will your child enjoy using a “cool” toothbrush, but he or she also will appreciate the feeling of having some more control over the situation.
  2. Establish a tooth brushing routine. Play music. Make a game out of setting things up. Whatever you choose to do, just be sure to stick to the routine each and every day.
  3. Create a challenge. Set a timer for two minutes and see who can brush their teeth the longest. A little healthy competition can be inspiring!
  4. Motivate with rewards. Is your child uninterested in keeping his or her teeth clean? Try the time-tested technique of giving a sticker on a chart as a reward for a tooth-brushing job well done. Offer a prize after a certain number of stickers have been earned.
  5. Demonstrate the importance of good dental habits. Remember those disclosing tablets, the chewable red tablets that adhere to dental plaque? Buy some to show your child where his or her toothbrush is missing.