Training your kids to develop healthy oral habits early on can be one of the most difficult tasks. Sitting in the bathroom scrubbing toothpaste all over our teeth for two minutes leaves little room for fun. While most people learn to brush their teeth properly as they grow up and begin to understand the importance of having a clean, healthy mouth, it is important to remember that oral hygiene is of little importance to young children, and therefore may force parents to come up with ways to make the process a little more fun.
Below are some ideas if you are having problems getting children to brush their teeth twice a day and/or for two full minutes:
Tell stories reserved for brushing time.
Children love stories. They will eagerly await the time to brush teeth if it means getting to hear one. Additionally, an interesting story will keep their mind off the boredom of brushing their teeth and there will be no rush to get the job done as quickly as possible. As long as the story lasts long enough to get the recommended two-minute brushing in.
Have them brush to their favorite song.
Playing their favorite song will add some pep to the bland task, and most songs last over two minutes. Set a timer and let them finish when two minutes is up, or let them use the remaining time for flossing or rinsing with mouthwash.
Invest in a tastier toothpaste.
Most kids hate the taste of toothpaste. While adults often find the minty flavor refreshing, children find it gross. Orajel Toddler Training toothpaste is recommended for toddlers, and Oral-B offers several different fruity, spicy and trendy flavors.
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