My kid’s dentist is a geeeeenius at making visits fun. We always leave the office full of excitement for dental care. Sounds silly, but it’s true!
Of course, you do have to take into account that my kids are suckers for balloons and free floss, but who isn’t?
The trick, of course, is replicating the excitement at home. I used to scoff at kid-branded products, but in the case of dental care mom and dad’s boring old toothpaste just hasn’t cut it. Once we started bringing cool tools to the house, the kids have actually been looking forward to brush time. Here are some ideas for turning bush time into fun time:
Remember the 2X2 rule: Kids must brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes
Remembering to brush twice a day is easy (morning and night) but two minutes can feel like an eternity unless you make it fun. A two-minute sand timer (like the ones from Giggle Time Toys pictured at the top of this post) is a simple way to track the seconds. You can buy one or just take one from an old board game or simply use a kitchen timer. Either way, it’s fun to race against the clock!
Kids are visual creatures — a chart helps them visualize their progress and encourages them to keep brushing. You may or may not want to offer them a prize if the fill the whole chart — it’s up to you.
You can get your own Smart Rinse Calendar here.
Speaking of visual, a rinse like Listerine’s Agent Cool Blue, which tints teeth blue so kids can literally see what they’re brushing away is a great way to give kids a sense of accomplishment. Just like at the dentist’s!
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