Studies have revealed that a lot of kids don’t like getting their teeth brushed, while some just don’t really care. While it is true that having to brush their teeth twice every day might seem like a boring routine chore to most kids, brushing twice a day is perhaps the most important basic step to developing and maintaining strong, healthy teeth. With some creativity and patience, however, you can help make brushing their teeth a fun activity for your kids.
For preschoolers, you can sing along with them as they brush their teeth and even demonstrate the proper way to brush their teeth, which is the vertical movement and the ground motions, to them. You can also educate them about why exactly they need to brush their teeth: so that germs do not damage their teeth. To encourage these little toddlers, you can ask them to show other family members how well they can brush their teeth. This will make them proud of knowing how to care for their teeth and lay a solid foundation for optimal dental health.
For kids in between kindergarten and the third grade, you can simply have them watch you brush your own teeth, help them to be consistent with brushing times and you can as well create relevant analogies to help them understand how to properly brush their teeth, and why brushing of teeth is so essential.
For the older kids, it works better to actually show them clear true-life and animated images of diseases and infections that result from lack of proper dental hygiene. Charts of the various stages of tooth decay may be used to illustrate how important it is to care for the teeth regularly. You may also educate your kids on the other dangers of poor oral hygiene such as weak gums and bad breath. You can help them realize that as they grow up, poor oral hygiene also has far-reaching social drawbacks.
Finally, you can take your children for regular visits to the dentist where they can learn how to properly care for their teeth and why oral hygiene is so important from an experienced professional.