When the kids were little, brushing their teeth was always a challenge.
They didn’t want to sit still, would bite the toothbrush, suck all the toothpaste off, run away, talk and otherwise be royal pains about it. There were even some moments of crying, screaming and kicking while trying to brush their teeth.
Because of this, I didn’t always follow through on my motherly duties of brushing their teeth twice a day. I didn’t want to deal with the battle.
But that’s not a very good solution. They need their teeth brushed for many reasons, one being so they don’t have stink breath.
So, I started to look for ways to make teeth brushing fun for kids. And I mostly figured it out so I’m going to share the few tips that have worked for us. I wish you all the best of luck.
How to make teeth brushing fun for kids
Make teeth brushing a game
Most kids love to play games. But they don’t love to do things they have to do. So, make teeth brushing time into a game. It can be peek-a-boo, silly faces, hide and seek, whatever they want as long as it’s a game you can play while brushing. Try to avoid any games where the kids have to speak. You don’t want toothpaste spit all over your face and clothes.
Get a light-up toothbrush
There’s something special about these flashing toothbrushes. Kids love to see the colors as you are brushing their teeth. Plus, it doubles as a timer so you both know how long to brush for. I’ve noticed my little one stares at the light the whole time I brush her teeth. So much easier than her staring at the door, plotting her escape.
Toothpaste that tastes good
Kids are picky about the food they eat. The same can be said about their toothpaste flavors. I typically buy the Tom’s toothpaste for my kids. One of them likes the strawberry flavor. The other kids likes the orange mango. But don’t get them mixed up. If you do, neither kid will brush their teeth. So find toothpaste flavors you kids like and use those.
Bribery is always acceptable
I’m a big fan of bribery. I use it all the time on my kids. You do this for me and I’ll do that for you. You brush your teeth and I’ll give you a stick of Orbit for Kids gum. And when you bribe with Orbit gum for kids, you’re still helping protect their teeth because it stimulates saliva flow, neutralizes plaque acids and helps keep their teeth clean. It’s also sugarfree, ADA approved and comes in the flavors of original bubble gum and strawberry banana.
I hope that these tips on how to make teeth brushing for kids helps you. They sure have helped me with my kids. Now, if only I could find something that would get them to clean their rooms without tears…
What are your best tips for making teeth brushing for kids?
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