How to make children brush teeth on their own?
If you have kids, you must know that teaching them to brush their teeth can be challenging. It takes a lot of practices, patience and some tricks. For busy parents, it can be frustrating sometimes when kids refuse to cooperate in getting their teeth brushed. So, today I am going to share with you 5 fun ways to teach your kids to brush their teeth!
1. Show Them How You Do It
Every morning and night, let kids watch how you brush teeth and show them how to do it the right way. Kids like to follow what the adults are doing. So the best way to help your children develop the habit is to first, do it yourself. This principle applies to almost all things you want to train your child to do, which includes eating healthily and get to bed early. When they see you brushing your teeth every day, they will be interested to try it out too!
2. Make It A Routine
Same as sleep training, you can make brushing teeth a routine, no matter how your kids protest or refuse to do it. You can help them to brush their teeth every morning before the bath and every night before changing into their pajamas. Make it in a specific sequence, so that next time before they changed into their pajamas, they will expect to brush the teeth first. Once the action is repeated over and over again, it will soon become a habit. One thing you need to take note of, as parent you must do as what you say. Don’t make excuses for your kids or yourself so that you can skip the routine for once. And when kids know that you always do what you say you will do, they will be more likely to obey and stick to the routine.
When baby first teething at 6 months, the enamel of baby teeth is less densely mineralized than the enamel of permanent teeth, making them particularly susceptible to caries. Hence, it is advisable to start oral hygiene as soon as baby’s first tooth emerges. It is important to protect the baby teeth as they play an extremely important role in the growth and development of every child. They also hold spaces for the growth of permanent teeth and mental development such as confidence and self-esteem. Therefore, if you are starting early to introduce your baby about oral hygiene, make sure you choose a safe and baby friendly toothpaste.
3. Tell A Story
I find this particularly useful when my child is around 3 year old and is able to understand and enjoy story. I will tell her story about a little bear who doesn’t like to brush his teeth, who eventually ended up visiting the dentist due to the pain caused by caries. There are quite a lot of books in the bookstores that can help young children to understand the importance of oral hygiene.
By age 3, a child should be able to spit out the toothpaste after brushing. Therefore, it’s the time to introduce them the toothpaste with calcium-flouride formulation, as fluoride helps to prevent and control tooth decay while calcium can help to grow stronger teeth.
4. Make Brushing Teeth Fun
If it seems like a routine task, kids will do anything to reject it, but making it fun may change that. For example, instead of saying “Let’s go to bath now!”, I always say “Let’s go and play bubbles!”
It works everytime!
Use your imagination and create some games that you can play with your kids while getting the teeth brushed. Fun makes everything exciting and will be able to encourage your kids to brush teeth with joy. I buy my child fancy tooth brush that has her favourite cartoon character on it and will emit red blinking light when she brushes her teeth, she loves it!
5. Choose The Great Tasting Toothpastes
Let’s be honest, kids love it when the toothpaste taste good! It will save you a lot of trouble to try to convince them how important it is to brush their teeth when you have a great tasting toothpaste.
My 3yo girl, Isabelle has been using SensiTeeth toothpastes for the past weeks and we definitely love it!
SensiTeeth Product Range
- The calcium-flouride formulation provides double protection and this ingredient is clinically proven to to prevent both tooth decay and strengthen enamel.
- Made in Greece. They are EU tested for superior safety.
- It is FREE from Gluten, Parabens, Aromatic Allergen, SLES, Soap and Colorants. (Awesome!)
- It comes with a range of toothpastes with different levels of fluoride and calcium to suit different age groups.
Suitable for children above 3 year old, Isabelle is using:
SensiTeeth Kids Tooth Paste
(Flouride 500ppm, Calcium, Crazy Berry Flavour)
A study has shown that children with carious teeth are usually lighter than normal as this affects proper diet and therefore the overall development. Therefore, SensiTeeth Kids Tooth Paste is providing protection against caries, help to strengthen the enamel and clean teeth with mild active ingredients.
At age 3, children are able to understand instruction to spit out the mouthwash. So we started using SensiTeeth Kids Mouthwash too!
SensiTeeth Kids Mouthwash
Brushing alone only reaches 25% of your mouth. Mouthwash that contains fluoride also provide an extra dose of cavity protection. It can help reduce germs and plaque left behind after brushing.
A healthy and beautiful smile starts when the first teeth comes. As parents, it is our responsibility to cultivate our kids good dental routine from young. It is essential to establish a proper and right oral hygiene product as a routine early in life to help ensure the development of strong and healthy teeth.
SensiTeeth First Tooth Paste (Fluoride and Calcium Free) is specially designed for 6+ months babies when they start teething. It has natural action against bacterial plaque that causes caries in deciduous teeth. And it is safe if swallowed. SensiTeeth Kids Tooth Paste (Fluoride 1000 ppm, Calcium) is suitable for children above 6 years old when they enter tooth transition period. Their milk teeth will loosen due to the reabsorption of the roots and will sequentially fall off. The anti-inflammatory ingredients will help to avoid gum inflammation and set good foundation for the permanent teeth to grow. SensiTeeth Epismalto Tooth Paste (Flouride 1450 ppm, Calcium) With higher level of fluoride, this tooth paste can effectively reinforce tooth enamel to ensure straight, healthy and strong permanent teeth.
SensiTeeth is now available exclusively in Guardian and selected independent pharmacies!
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Thank you so much for reading and have fun brushing teeth!
God bless you.