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The Toothbrushing Battle: How To Win It

Posted on 3/6/2023 by Artistic Smiles
The Toothbrushing Battle: How To Win ItWhile griping at your children to brush their teeth is a pain, consider this fact: More than 10% of all schoolchildren leave elementary school without ever brushing their teeth, and over ? of children brush less than once per day. Dentists have argued for decades that tooth brushing in children is an essential life skill and needs to be a part of their daily routine. That's because dentists know that if you establish a habit of brushing and flossing in your children when they are young, they will keep those habits into adulthood. However, getting your children to brush their teeth can escalate into a battle of wills. Here are some tips for winning the toothbrushing battle with your kids.

How Can I Get Your Kids to Brush

Kids do not find brushing exciting. However, below are some strategies for encouraging your children to brush their teeth twice a day every day.

First, allow them a say in the process. Many children feel they are powerless when it comes to rules, so this might be an area you can give them a little freedom. Let them select a toothbrush they like- whether it's an anime character, a princess toothbrush, or a toothbrush in the shape of a firetruck. If they get to pick out a toothbrush they like, they'll be more willing to use it. While you're visiting the grocery store aisle, give your kids some choices on toothpaste. Some kids really like mint-flavored toothpaste, but it isn't for everyone. Let them find a toothpaste they like.

Second, make toothbrushing a part of your daily routine. Let your children see you brush and floss each day as part of your morning and evening routine. If you establish a routine early, your children are far more likely to practice it as they get older.

Third, make it a competition. Have fun with your child about who can brush for two minutes without stopping. Give your child a reward if they win. This will make it fun for your child.

When you establish good habits for brushing and flossing, you're giving your child a lifetime of great dental health.

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