One of the frequent battles of bedtime is trying to make sure that your children brush their teeth for an adequate period of time, with enough accuracy and skill to make sure that no plaque forms. However, children need to develop good teeth brushing habits as early as possible in order to increase the chances that they will have healthy teeth into adulthood.
Here are some ideas to help get your children to brush their teeth while they are young:
1. Phrase Brushing Teeth as a Narrative
Kids love stories. One way that you can get your young children to take interest in their teeth is to phrase brushing their teeth as a battle between good and evil, the good guys and the bad guys. Make it clear to your children that they are the good guys that need to protect their teeth from the bad bacteria that could grow and make holes in them.
Call your children’s toothbrushes their weapons and make a little story every night about how they need to do battle with the bacteria and smite them with their toothbrushes. This will make the time spent brushing their teeth much more enjoyable for both them and you.
2. Use Dissolving Agents
Another good way to help your children visualize the need to brush their teeth is to give them a dissolving agent that will turn the plaque on their teeth a different color so they can see it clearly. Then, challenge them to a contest. Take some of the dissolving agent so that they can see that you have plaque that you need to get rid of as well.
Challenge them to see if they can get their teeth cleaner than yours. At the end of at least three minutes of brushing, inspect their teeth and let them inspect your. Keep score and give your children a small reward if they are able to beat you ten times.
3. Let Them Pick Everything Out
Finally, if you give your children a sense of ownership over the tools that they use to clean their teeth, they might take more interest in cleaning their teeth. Let them come to the store with you and pick up their toothbrushes and toothpaste. Having six different tubes of toothpaste in the bathroom is a small price to pay for having your children take more interest in oral hygiene.