Posted on: 11 March 2019Share
As a parent, you have to pick and choose your battles. One battle that many parents of little ones experience each and every day is over dental care. How much time do you spend fighting with your kids to get them to brush, floss, and rinse – the right way? Wouldn't it be nice if you could get through the bedtime routine in a good enough mood to actually enjoy spending that last bit of time tucking the kids into bed at night? Here, you'll find a few tips that'll help your kids be more proactive about keeping their teeth clean.
Talk it Out
Have you ever really sat down with your little ones and talked about why they don't like brushing their teeth? If not, this problem may be put to rest with a little conversation. It could be that your kid doesn't like the toothpaste, the shape of the toothbrush, or just not understand why brushing their teeth is so important. Sit down, and have a conversation – you might be surprised at how much they'll have to say about the subject.
Change it Up
Do you offer your kids a variety of flavors of toothpaste and mouthwash? Sometimes, giving the kids a few options will help them get a little more excited about doing something every single day. Pick up a small shelf that you can hang on the wall in the bathroom. Purchase a few different flavors of toothpaste and mouthwash, and set them all out on the shelf. Not only does this give them options and keep things organized, but it's harder to forget to brush their teeth if everything that they need to get the job done is right there every time they go into the bathroom.
Dental Care Rewards
Come up with a rewards system for your kids. Each time they get their teeth brushed, flossed, and rinsed without you having to send them back to repeat the process, they get a sticker on a chart. After the chart is full, reward them with something that has to do with their dental care – a new toothbrush, a new flavor, fancy floss picks – something new that will make them want to brush again.
Talk with your kids' dentist to learn more about what you can do to take the battle out of your kids' dental healthcare. He or she will have tips and advice that will help you and the kids get through this phase in life in peace.