Although children’s teeth will eventually fall out and make way for adult teeth, caring for them is very important. Juvenile teeth sit on top of adult teeth, and can cause those adult teeth to rot or become discolored if they are not properly cared for. As such, it is very important that children learn how to care for their teeth at an early age. Unfortunately, many children have no interest in cleaning or brushing their teeth. Here are some tips on ways that you can get your children to brush their teeth.
Set a Routine:
Children always do better if they have a set routine. They like to know what to expect and when they can expect it. Because of this, it is important to make tooth brushing a part of your child’s morning and nighttime routine. If the child knows that they will be brushing their teeth after they get an evening snack each and every evening, they will be ready and prepared. They will be more willing to participate in the activity, than if it is sprung on them.
Select Products that Appeal to Them:
There are a variety of fun products on the market that are related to children’s dental care. This includes character toothbrushes, fun flavors and colors of toothbrushes, and even brushes that light up or play music. Letting children select and use these fun items makes them excited to brush their teeth, and encourages them to do so.
Show Them How to Brush Their Teeth:
The last thing you need to do is actually show them how to brush their teeth. Many parents give their child a toothbrush, allow them to gently brush their teeth, and then take the brush and finish the brushing process themselves. However, instead of doing this, give them some pointers while they are brushing. Point out that they need to get the back of their teeth and show them how to brush in a circular and back and forth motion. You can also brush your teeth simultaneously, so they mimic what you are doing. Of course, young children will still need some help with brushing, but teaching them how to brush helps instill proper techniques from an early age.