- First, we want our kids to have a positive feeling about brushing and flossing their teeth and taking care of them, so even before kids have teeth, give them a toothbrush to play with. It will become one of their favorite chew toys and they will get used to how a toothbrush feels in their mouth.
- Let them watch you brush. Kids want to be like their parents and siblings. They are little copy cats. They will want to brush and floss because you are.
- Make brushing fun. This has been a powerful tool in our house, with brushing and flossing. Let your kids pick out their toothbrush, or the flavor of their toothpaste. Put up a timer when they brush and turn it into a challenge to see who can brush as long as the timer ticks. Put a cup in the sink and pretend it is a bullseye they have to spit into. See who can floss the most times in a week. Introduce new technology or toys to get your kids excited.
- Don't whine about brushing and flossing yourself. If we complain about having to brush our teeth, or floss our teeth, our kids will think that brushing and flossing are miserable.
- Teach them. Sit down and teach your kids why we brush and floss. Empower them by imparting wisdom. They will have less concerns and become more willing. Better yet, take a field trip to the dentist office, or to the library to learn about teeth and how to keep them clean.
- Let them brush your teeth. Not only will it be a lof of fun, but it will warm them up to the idea of brushing their own teeth.
- Brush their teeth for them, and if they won't let you, have them brush and then tell them you get to take a turn with their teeth, and you brush.
- Make teeth part of your and morning and bedtime routines.
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