When your kids are small, they need your help to brush their teeth. It takes a few years for kids to get the motor coordination skills necessary to be able to brush their teeth on their own. And it makes a big difference, those early years, in showing kids that brushing can be fun. I had one child who absolutely hated brushing her teeth. And as a result, she ended up having quite a few cavities which made her even more afraid of the dentist.
Here are 5 ways to get your kids in the habit of brushing their teeth, and even enjoy the experience!
- Nothing shows your child that brushing is important as seeing YOU do it. Brush your teeth along with your child. Show them that brushing is important and something that you enjoy. You can put a stool up at your sink so they can be at the same level as you as you both brush.
- Let your kids pick out the flavor of toothpaste they want to use. There are so many flavors available now that kids will love.
- Rinsing with a fluoride rinse makes teeth strong. And Listerine has some great flavors that taste great and toothbrush options that kids will love and will make the brushing process more fun — Barbie and Phineas and Ferb Smart Rinse.
- Help your kids brush for at least two minutes. You can put a little kitchen timer in your bathroom with a buzzer or have your kids recite the alphabet or sing a favorite song to help them brush for long enough.
- Print off Listerine’s Rewards Calendar so your kids can keep track of the days they brush. Seeing their progress will help kids continue to brush. And if you want to give them a reward at the end of each month, that might be fun too.
Do you have any tips or ideas that have helped get YOUR kids to brush? Share them with us in the comments!
I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® KidsCavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.Click here to see more of the discussion.
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