Tips on Getting Children to Brush their Teeth | Dr. Christopher Zed | Professional Overview

Brushing teeth is one of the most important things parents can do to help their children maintain good oral hygiene habits. But getting kids to brush their teeth without a tantrum can be challenging. Without effective strategies, children may see brushing their teeth as a chore, and they may not be motivated to do it.
Here are five tips on getting children to brush their teeth without a tantrum:

1. Lead by Example

One of the best ways to get children to brush their teeth without a tantrum is to lead by example. Show them how important oral hygiene is by brushing your teeth regularly. Explain why it’s crucial to brush their teeth and let them know that you’re there to help them if they need it.

2. Make it Fun

Another way to quickly get children to brush their teeth is to make it fun. There are many ways to do this, such as letting them choose their own toothbrush, toothpaste, and other oral care products. You can also find brushing games and apps that will make the experience more enjoyable for them.

3. Use Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is a great way to get children to do anything, including brushing their teeth. Reinforce good behavior with praise, stickers, or other rewards. This will help them see that they’re doing something good and that you’re proud of them.

4. Make it a Routine

Another way to get children to brush their teeth without a tantrum is to make it part of a daily routine. Set a specific time for brushing teeth and stick to it. This will help them know when to brush and make it easier for them to do it without complaining.

5. Try a Reward Chart

A reward chart can be a helpful tool for getting children to brush their teeth. Each time they brush their teeth, they get a sticker or another type of reward. Once they’ve collected enough rewards, they can redeem them for a prize. This will give them something to look forward to and an incentive to keep brushing.

Conclusion

Brushing teeth is essential for maintaining good oral hygiene, but it can be a challenge to get children to do it. Use these tips to make the experience more enjoyable for them and help them develop good habits that will last a lifetime.

Originally published at https://drchristopherzed.com on June 3, 2022.

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Dental healthcare expert Dr. Christopher Zed, of Vancouver, British Columbia, has been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years. http://drchristopherzed.net

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Dr. Christopher Zed

Dr. Christopher Zed

Dental healthcare expert Dr. Christopher Zed, of Vancouver, British Columbia, has been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years. http://drchristopherzed.net

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