From the sighting of your child’s first milk tooth, experts advise that you get them into the habit of brushing their teeth. This not only protects their little baby chompers, but also sets a positive precedent: that dental hygiene is important.
Now, it can be a tedious task to gather the troops, especially if you have several young children, amid the hustle and bustle of each day and have them brush morning and night. But there are ways to make the event a fun, enjoyable activity that your children can look forward to.
Make it a family event
As much as possible, make brushing teeth a family activity. Get mom, dad and brothers and sisters together in the bathroom and see who can do it the best! Seeing that everyone is hyped up about hygiene will excite your little one. Also, young kids love spending time with the family and this could be a wonderful bonding exercise.
Get Colourful and creative!
Children are visually stimulated and love colourful, fun aesthetics. Finding colourful toothbrushes and cartoon characters adorning toothpaste brands can really help them get excited about brushing their teeth. You can colour co-ordinate each part of the brushing process. Their cup and toothbrush can be their favourite colour, as well as their face cloth and their own special soap. You can even add a special toy to the routine. They can bring along their ‘allocated tooth brushing toy” for moral support.
Get them involved in the whole process!
CariFree suggests taking it even further and going on a ‘dental health shopping spree’. “There’s no denying that kids like getting new stuff and it’s no different when it comes to dental hygiene tools. You should replace your child’s toothbrush every three to four months, or when the bristles begin to lose their shape. Allowing children to select a new toothbrush or toothpaste can give them a sense of independence and make them look forward to teeth-brushing time just a little bit more each morning and evening. It’s important that you inculcate good oral hygiene habits in children when they’re very young as it helps to encourage dental health well into adulthood. There are endless ways that you can step in and inspire your child to brush by making it more fun.”