Many children struggle with brushing their teeth. No matter how much you try, they just won't budge. If you are looking for ways to get your children motivated to brush their teeth, it isn't as complicated as you might think. In fact, there are a few simple tips and tricks you can use to have your kids brushing their teeth in no time. Not only is this less stressful on you, but it makes your next trip to the dentist that much simpler.
Let them pick their own toothbrush out.
Take your kids to the store with you. Let them go through all of the different options and choose one they like. Whether it be the bright pink one or the blue one with a train on it, you want your child to be able to choose one that calls to them. In doing so, it gets them more excited about brushing and helps instill a sense of pride knowing that they chose their own toothbrush.
When they are done brushing their teeth and show you what a good job they did, pay them a compliment. Kids love nothing more than being told they did a good job. It's free and goes a long way. Give them a hug and say what an amazing job they did cleaning their teeth. It helps instill confidence and makes them want to impress you more.
Show them where the germs are.
There are products on the market that show your little one where they need to brush and what spots they missed. They simply swish it around in their mouth and the spots where germs are at will show up in a pink, green, blue or whatever color the rinse is. This helps kids identify the areas they need to brush more, while helping to minimize the frustration on your end of trying to guide them along the way. It's fun and works well, especially with little kids.
In doing the three things above, you can make visiting teeth brushing fun and enjoyable for everyone involved. It doesn't take a tremendous amount of time or effort to do the things above, but the benefits are well worth every second. If you ever have any questions about what you need to be doing, you can always discuss your concerns with the dentist. They are happy to help guide you along the way and point you in the right direction.