For most children, brushing their teeth twice a day for two minutes is a boring chore. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of complaints and resistance, your child ran to the sink at brushing time? Here are some fun ways to get your child more interested in their oral hygiene routine.
Pick Your Toothbrush
Allowing your child to choose their own toothbrush can give them a sense of pride and make them want to use it more often. There are many fun designs such as Dora the Explorer, Minions, Spider-Man, and football teams available to purchase. When it comes to flavours of toothpaste, most children will find mint boring or unpleasant. Bubble-gum flavoured toothpaste is always a delicious choice, just make sure they don’t swallow it!
Play Music & Use Apps
Brush together with your child in the mirror while playing your favourite songs. You can even do a lip sync battle to make things interesting! There are many fun apps available to help with brushing. ‘Brush DJ’ will play 2 minutes of your favourite song to help keep time while brushing. ‘Heroes of Hygiene’ lets your child pick a character to encourage them throughout the 2 minutes of brushing time.
Make a Game
For young children, give them a toothbrush and let them brush their doll or teddy bear’s teeth while you brush theirs. Making up exciting stories to go along with toothbrushing can help your child become more involved. Your child could be a superhero who must fight the bad bugs that destroy teeth! A reward system where your child receives a sticker for every time they brush their teeth for the whole two minutes can also be great motivation.
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