How to Motivate My Child to Brush Their Teeth

how to motivate your child to brush their teeth

Getting your child to brush their teeth can be quite a challenge. To children, brushing teeth can seem like a chore – and we all know how children like to avoid their chores! Whether you’re getting your child ready before school or winding down before bedtime, motivating your child to brush their teeth is no easy task.

Here are some helpful tips on how to motivate your child to brush their teeth and ensure their growing smile is healthy.

Lead By Example
Brush your teeth at the same time your child does to ensure they’re using the proper techniques: brushing for two minutes, twice a day. When you brush your teeth with your child, it creates a great bonding experience, and they’ll be motivated to maintain this routine. In fact, they’ll probably begin reminding you it’s time to brush!

Start Early
Familiarize your child with brushing and dental hygiene at a young age. Explain to them the importance of good dental hygiene as you teach them about their mouth and how to take care of it. The more comfortable your child is with brushing their teeth, the more responsive they will be.

Brush in Style
Let your child choose their own toothbrush. It could be your child’s favorite color, cartoon character or super hero. Having a toothbrush that your child will love encourages them that brushing is a fun activity, and they will be more likely to use it.

Have Fun
What better way to brush your teeth than by making it fun for everyone? Turn it into a game. Play Simon Says. Add music and sing along to the ABC’s or your favorite song. Use a timer to “beat the clock” or download an app that plays songs to brush to. Who said brushing your teeth had to be boring?

Besides developing your daily brushing routine, scheduling regular check-ups with Jenkins and LeBlanc will help prevent tooth decay and encourage good dental hygiene.

Watch our video on growing healthy smiles to learn more about dental hygiene and the stages of tooth development.