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How to Encourage Kids to Brush Their Teeth

4th February 2019

Many children struggle to maintain a thorough dental care routine, especially when there are toys to play with and games to enjoy. However, children’s dental care is important for a lifetime of healthy teeth. If brushing their teeth is making bedtime and going to school difficult, here are some simple tips to make their dental routine easier.

Fun Games

Turning brushing their teeth into a fun game is one of the easiest way to get them to put down their toys for two minutes. Games will both make tooth brushing fun and ensure that your children are encouraged to brush correctly every day. These games do not have to be extravagant. Games can be as simple as brushing their teeth to music, or celebrating each tooth that has been brushed. You could also allow them to brush their favourite soft toy’s ‘teeth’. Additionally, there are countless apps to encourage children to brush their teeth for both Android and iPhone, and these are specially created for your child’s age group and every aversion they may have to brushing their teeth.

Brushing Your Teeth Together

Another good method to encourage children to brush their teeth is by brushing your teeth at the same time as them. This will give your kids a role model to copy when it comes to technique, as well as an opportunity for you to ensure that they brush their teeth correctly and for the right length without seeming patronising. This will also give them company whilst they brush and make them less likely to run off halfway through. You will also have the perfect opportunity to teach your children the importance of brushing their teeth whilst you are brushing together, as you will be able to take them through the process step by step.

If you are a dentist yourself, it is within your best interest, as well as your patient’s interests, to show them how they can look after their teeth in their own homes. You can, for instance, bulk order interdentals and offer them to your patients after showing them the proper way to use them. Dental supply company Kent Express produces the best dental products such as interdentals. What’s more, Kent Express have a strong account management team so that they can help direct you to the best products on the market right now.

Rewards

Another good way to encourage children to brush their teeth is through offering them small rewards for brushing their teeth. However, this may make them over-excited and rush to finish their routine, and so you must ensure that they brush properly before they can have a treat. Although you might think that providing rewards every day will be expensive, these can be as simple as getting a sticker or getting read to before bed. Alternatively, you could also start a star chart which will lead up to a larger gift once they reach a certain amount of stars.

Flavoured Toothpaste

Allowing children to choose their own toothpaste is a great way to get them to personalise their tooth brushing routine and allow them to have a say in their oral care. Most children will be excited about trying the flavour that they picked, especially if it is fruity, such as strawberry. This will also make the tooth brushing experience nicer for them as their toothpaste will taste like a food that they enjoy.

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