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Getting your child to brush her teeth for two minutes, twice a day can be difficult. Simply setting a timer and supervising can make for a dreary time. At Smiles of East Lake, we know that brushing teeth can be fun for everyone! Here are 6 tips to help move things along.
Rewards Chart: Try using a rewards chart for your child. For each time your child brushes her teeth, she puts a sticker on the chart! Make sure to use non-food rewards to help maintain a healthy smile.
Tooth-Brushing Tunes: Pick a favorite song and turn up the tunes! Brushing to music can make the time fly by. Who knows? It may help you brush, too!
Family Time: Kids learn from watching and imitating. So grab your toothbrush and brush together! They will learn healthy habits by watching you.
Character Support: Many children’s books and television shows have stories about brushing. Reading or watching these stories together may help ease things when it comes time to brush! Additionally, child-sized toothbrushes are available in a myriad of colors and beloved characters. Allowing your child to choose their favorite may make brushing time a fun adventure!
Toothpaste: Use the right amount of toothpaste. For a child under 3 years old, use a child sized toothbrush and a dab of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. For children 3-6 years, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Many ADA approved child toothpastes come in a variety of flavors and colors–some even have sparkles!
Stick to a Routine: Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to be consistent. Sticking to a routine, even during holidays, vacations, or after hectic days, will help your child understand the importance of dental hygiene. Consistent brushing and flossing work together to help ensure a healthy smile for a lifetime.
Call Smiles of East Lake at 619.482.1962 for more tips on how to help your child succeed!