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Tips for Brushing - How to Make Brushing Sessions Fun and Effective
Brushing is one of the many ways in which you can help your child to obtain strong and healthy teeth. However, brushing sessions can be quite a nightmare, especially if your kid does not like them. So, what can you do then? At Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry, we understand the importance of your child adopting proper brushing techniques. Below is a look at some tips that can help you turn the would-be disastrous brushing sessions into fun experiences that will promote optimal oral health.
Teach Your Child How to Brush by Example
The best way to teach your child to brush teeth is to set the example yourself, being his/her role model. If you brush your teeth regularly, your child will adopt this behavior, and hence will be more likely to enjoy the brushing sessions. To make the sessions even more effective, brush your teeth at the same time - this will allow him/her to mimic your brushing techniques.
Make the Brushing Sessions Fun and Interesting
Brushing will be an unbearable experience for both you and your child if it becomes a boring routine. However, if you make it fun, you will find your child enjoying and looking forward to it. Some ideas for fun brushing sessions include singing favorite songs, having a dance-off in front of the mirror while brushing, and other fun activities your kid enjoys.
Choose the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste
The right toothbrush and toothpaste can turn to brush from an unbearable experience for your child into a pleasant one. Choosing a toothbrush that is in the shape of your kid’s favorite cartoon character, as well as favorite color, can make them look forward to the brushing sessions. Choosing toothpaste with an appealing flavor will also help to make the session more bearable.
When choosing the toothbrush and toothpaste, it is also important to consider the functional benefits of both to ensure that the brushing is effective. For example, when choosing the toothbrush, you should pick one that has soft bristles, is comfortable to use, and if need be, battery operated. Likewise, when choosing toothpaste, you should consider one that contains fluoride - to promote the growth of strong teeth.
Set a Brushing Routine and Help Your Kid Stick to It
Brushing is only effective if it is done regularly - and this is something you need to teach your child right from the word go. The best way to do this is to set a routine, and then follow it strictly - in other words, no skipping sessions even if your child does not like them. With time, the brushing will become like second nature - and this can last a lifetime.
Use Positive Reinforcement to Reward Brushing
If you find that you are having problems getting your child to brush, motivation can go a long way. Positive reinforcement using stickers and gold stars, encouragement and praise, snacks (but make sure they are healthy), choice of bedtime stories, and others can help to make brushing enjoyable.
Are you having problems with teaching your kid how to brush? We can help. Call us, Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry, at 470-876-8883 for more brushing tips.