If you think you lead a busy life, you should try being a kid again. In addition to family time, school, hanging with friends and video games, kids are learning how to take care of themselves and others in new ways every single day.
One of the necessary life skills that you need to teach your children is brushing and taking care of their teeth. This is no small feat considering that brushing teeth is on the bottom of the list of things your kids like to do. In fact, most children hate brushing their teeth.
But when it comes to their teeth, it is very important that they do their best to take care of them. It might take a little creativity to get your child to care for their long-term dental health. James W. Mellert, your dentist in Torrance, offers tips to get your kids to brush their teeth.
Lead By Example
You have probably seen a little boy watching in fascination as his dad shaves or watch a little girl gazing at her mother while she goes through her skincare routine. This is the same approach you should be taking when it comes to caring for your teeth.
When you are brushing your teeth in front of the children, make a point to use exaggerated gestures to show them each critical step of the brushing process. Make sure you brush your tongue and get the teeth way in the back. At the end of your brushing routine, flash those pearly whites to the mirror and check out what a great job you did.
Remember to smile the whole time and really get into brushing your teeth, you want them to see you happy to perform such a fun task. When you are done, act like you are very proud of your efforts.
Be a Test Dummy
It might be a bit uncomfortable, but letting your kids brush your teeth for practice might help. But you have to make sure that you are at least a decent actor. If you have fun while your teeth are getting brushed, your child will think that brushing their own teeth is fun.
If you visit your local grocery store, you will notice that there are literally shelf after shelf of toothpaste choices. Take your child to the store and let them pick out their own toothpaste. They might be intrigued by a toothpaste with their favorite character, like Elmo, Spiderman or Cinderella.
They might also pick out toothpaste for its flavor. Bubblegum flavored toothpaste is a thing and kids love it.
Brush to the Music
Add some catchy tunes to the two-minute brushing task. Throw down some sick tunes while your children brush their teeth and bust a move or two. Dance around the bathroom while brushing your teeth and don’t stop until the music stops.
Offer a Reward
Every time your child does a great job brushing their teeth, reward them with a sticker. If they can brush their teeth twice a day for an entire week, offer them a cool reward that you know they will love.
Tell a Story
You have a lot of stories you can tell your kids, save them for when they are brushing their teeth. Simply read a book or tell a story while they are brushing and they will laugh and giggle and have a great time. In fact, it could get to the point the children actually look forward to brushing their teeth.
It is important to instill the importance of dental hygiene in children at a very young age. If it is time for your child’s checkup, give James W. Mellert a call.