You know itâ€™s important for your childâ€™s health.Â As a parent, you want to do the right thing.Â When it comes to regular tooth brushing, though, it can be a struggle just to get your child to brush his teeth.
Some parents, unfortunately, give in and allow their children to neglect good oral hygiene.Â Donâ€™t make that mistake!Â Children should be taught very early how to brush.Â It not only keeps their mouth free of decay and infection, but creates a healthy habit to last a lifetime.
Here are some tips that may help calm the struggle:
- Â As toddler, allow your son to â€śchewâ€ť on a toddler toothbrush.Â Supervise your child closely, but allow him to simply have the toothbrush (without toothpaste) in his mouth.
- Let your child pick his toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Use one the flavored childrenâ€™s toothpastes.
- Reserve brushing for the same time each time (with other morning or bedtimes routines) so it becomes expected.
- Purchase a flashing light toothbrush.Â There is one made by Firefly available at Walmart, Meijer, etc.Â Turn off the bathroom lights while brushing his teeth and have some fun with it.
- Use words like â€śtickleâ€ť, â€śsparkleâ€ť or â€śshinyâ€ť.
- Do not scare your child with the threat of getting â€śshotsâ€ť at the dentist.Â In fact, make going to see your family dentist (a taking a chair ride next time you go to the dentist) a reward.
And perhaps most important, set a good example.Â Your daily brushing will do more to develop good habits than anything else.