Getting your child to brush his or her teeth for two minutes, twice a day can make for a frustrating time. Simply setting a timer and supervising can be dreary for both child and parent! At Robert Eversole, DDS, PC, we know that brushing teeth can be fun for everyone. Here are 7 tips to help move things along.
Family Time: Children learn from watching and copying. So grab your toothbrush and brush together! They will learn healthy habits, and it may make things fun for you, too.
Two-Minute Storytime: Try using those two minutes to tell a story of your own! Be sure to use your imagination–try naming characters after people your child knows, and use your best voices.
Tooth-Brushing Tunes: Pick a favorite song and crank up the music! Brushing to your favorite music can make the time fly by. Who knows? It may help your brushing habits, too!
Rewards Chart: Try using a rewards chart for your child. Make sure to use non-food rewards to help maintain a healthy smile.
Character Support: Child-sized toothbrushes are available in a myriad of colors and beloved characters. Allowing your child to choose their favorite may make brushing time an adventure!
Toothpaste: Don’t use too much toothpaste. For a child under 3 years old, use a dab of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. For children 3-6 years, use a dollop about the size of a pea. Many ADA approved child toothpastes come in a variety of flavors and colors–some even have sparkles! Letting your child choose may help him want to brush.
Stick to a Routine: Maybe the most important thing to remember is to be consistent. Sticking to a routine will help your child understand the importance of brushing her teeth. Consistent brushing and flossing work together to help ensure healthy habits for a lifetime.
Call Robert Eversole, DDS, PC at 812-663-8088 for more tips on how to help your child succeed!