Are you finding it difficult to teach dental hygiene to you kids?
Are you finding it difficult to teach dental hygiene to you kids? Well if you have a reluctant tooth brusher, we have some great techniques for you to try to get them to brush their teeth properly.Brushing teeth is just one of those things that can be a battle for most parents to conquer. However it is so important to ensure that our children establish a good routine brushing their teeth and understand dental hygiene.
- Choose a toothbrush that is fun and appealing, either in their favourite colour, with a character on it or even an electric toothbrush.
- Get them to copy you. Brush your teeth at the same time as your chilld. taking turns, allow them to brush your teeth and then you brush theirs. It will give you an opportunity to finish them off cleaning them properly without a battle.
- Buy a selection of kids' toothpaste and give them the option of choosing which one they want to use. Kids love to feel they are in control of decisions.
- If you are finding it difficult to brush teeth just before bedtime, maybe move the teeth brushing earlier to when they are not as tired. If all else fails, try to do it during their bath (might be more difficult for you to do but at least they will be playful and in good form).
- Make it fun by making up games: get your child to brush like the wheels on a bus, round and round. Saying ‘Teeeee’ to wash their front teeth and opening their mouth and saying ‘ahhhh’ for the hard to reach back teeth.
- Set a timer. For older children who can understand, set a timer so that they can keep brushing until the alarm goes off.
- Get your child involved, allowing them to put the toothpaste on the brush themselves and putting the brush under the water to clean.
Your child should brush their teeth twice a day, morning and evening. It is recommended that you supervise your child's teeth brushing until they are about seven or eight. Enourage children to brush for at least two minutes.