Amy took to brushing her teeth like a fish to water, but a lot of my friends struggled to get their kids to brush their teeth and establish a successful dental routine. Some kids didn’t want to open their mouth for the tooth brush, others didn’t like the taste of their tooth paste. So how do you make sure that their pearly whites stay that way and get your kids to brush their teeth without fear?
I have asked my blogging buddies how they have convinced their children to brush regularly and for the right amount of time and here is what they have come up with.
Andrea from All You Need Is Love and Cake suggested to “take them to the dentist as early as possible when you are having your check up and ask the dentist to look in their mouth too.” It’s a great way to show your children the importance of a good dental hygiene and gets them used to the environment of a dental practice.
Jayne from Mum’s The Word thinks the best way to healthy teeth is being a good role model: “I brush my teeth at the same time as my daughter and we brush the same areas of our mouths and for the same length of time. It makes sure that she brushes thoroughly.”
Sometimes though, a little outside help is needed. Cass from Diary of a Frugal Family uses an egg timer to ensure that her kids are brushing for long enough. Liz from Me and my Shadow gets a singing toothbrush to keep her 5 year old entertained and Donna from Little Little Pad and Anya from Older Single Mum use the Aquafresh and Brush With Jackson apps to bring a bit of fun into the bathroom.
A reward chart is what works for Helen from Kiddy Charts. “We use a reward chart for brushing teeth. You create them like all my other charts and can be as creative as you want in terms of rewards. My two are happy enough with stickers, but you could give a little toy or reward your kids with a trip to the zoo. It’s really up to you and what works for your children.”
Sarah from Boo, Roo and Tigger Too gave her children an element of control by allowing them to choose their own tooth brushes. Brushing with your favourite cartoon character is so much more fun, don’t you think?
Whatever you do though, regular check ups at your dental practice are a vital part of your child’s dental hygiene, so sign them up with your dentist or check The Dental People for their closest branch. The provide excellent service from NHS dentistry to orthodontic essentials and implants.
But what’s your trick? Tell me how your get your kids to brush their teeth? Maybe we find a solution against all cavities in the world!?
Disclosure: This is a featured post, written in association with Oasis Dental Care.