Once they have learned how to brush their own teeth, it can be challenging to get your kids to brush and floss their teeth as often (and correctly) as they should. Aside from reminders, requests, nagging and threats, how can you get your kids on a daily schedule for brushing and flossing – one that they’ll follow?
From many years of experiences providing dental care to kids of all ages as well as adults, we have several tips for getting your kids to brush and floss their teeth, and we’re happy to share them:
- Demonstrate and encourage good brushing techniques. When your child is young, he/she will love trying new things, and copying what ‘Mommy’ or ‘Daddy’ does. Start brushing your child’s teeth early on, and let them learn how to do it themselves when they start asking to and showing interest. Show and tell as you brush your own teeth, explaining how to brush correctly. As they learn and apply the techniques you teach, praise them for good brushing.
- Make a daily flossing reward chart. It’s vital to your child’s oral health to floss at least once each day. To remind and motivate them to floss daily, have a chart in the bathroom where they can add stickers for each day in a row that they floss. If they complete the week having flossed each day, give them a small reward as incentive.
- Change brushing and flossing into a fun event. If you do what you can to make brushing and flossing a fun part of the day instead of a chore your kids must complete, they will be far more motivated to do it. If you’re the more creative type, you can make up an adventure story including the evil villain Bacteria and Plaque, and the heroic team of Toothbrush and Floss. Or use this time to engage more inquisitive minds with facts about their teeth and counting exercises.
- Stock the bathroom with fun tools. Allow your child to get involved when buying their teeth cleaning supplies. Let them choose their favorite toothbrush, and pick between flavors of toothpaste (give them options that are right for their oral health needs). Stock the bathroom drawer with flossing sticks so that your child can more easily learn and manage flossing. And for added fun, buy chewable Disclosing Tablets from your local drugstore, and make a game out of brushing away all of the color at bedtime.
We hope these tips help you keep your kids brushing and flossing daily for good oral health habits! To schedule your next dental cleaning or dentistry consultation for other needs and services, please click here.
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