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You will clean your child’s teeth in their early years, and by the time they are 6-7 year old, they will have enough manual dexterity to do it themselves. However, the question is will they do it. You can encourage your child to brush their teeth and have fun with these 5 tips.

  1. Make tooth brushing into an exciting story! The toothbrush can be a space commander who zaps plaque aliens, a knight who battles plaque dragons, or a cowboy who takes plaque outlaws to jail. The possibilities are endless.
  2. Use your child’s favorite stuffed animal to show them why brushing is so important. After your child brushes their teeth, they can brush the stuffed animal’s teeth. This also opens an opportunity for you to show your child how they are supposed to brush correctly.
  3. Make tooth brushing into a race . . . sort of. If it was a true race to brush teeth quickly, then your child wouldn’t brush them well. Instead, use a two minute timer and tell your child that they must finish brushing all of their teeth at the same time the two minutes are up.
  4. Your child will be more likely to brush their teeth if they have something cool to brush with. A toothbrush with fun colors or your child’s favorite TV character to name a few options. Additionally, an electric toothbrush can be a lot of fun for your child to use.
  5. Regularly brushed teeth are healthy, but this benefit isn’t exactly fun or exiting for kids. You can give an additional reward when they brush their pearly whites. This can be a sticker every time they brush or a trip to the park if they brush all week.