Getting kids to brush can be quite the challenge. Sometimes it’s the toothbrush, sometimes it’s the toothpaste and sometimes it’s just because it’s not really all that fun. Here are some easy tricks to get your kids brushing.
Encourage, Compliment and Play Games
One of the best ways to get your children interested in brushing, is to praise them, encourage them and turn brushing time into a game. You can set a timer and “race” to brush every tooth. You can try seeing who can make the most foam (or bubbles). Turn it into a game and they are sure to play along. In addition, as with anything dealing with young children – positive reinforcement is the key.
Pick a Yummy Flavor of Toothpaste
Most children do not like toothpaste designed for adults. Too minty, too cinnamon-y (is that a word? lol). Allow your child to choose a fun flavor designed for kids. Some kids like bubble gum, but there are other flavors like grape and strawberry available as well. A good tasting toothbrush will make them more likely to want to brush.
Brush Your Teeth Together
We have always kind of made brushing our teeth a family affair. If you brush your teeth, side by side, they are more likely to want to do what you’re doing. It’s a lead by example kind of thing. If you are still planning on snacking or eating after the children go to bed, it’s not too hard to pretend to put toothpaste on your brush. Just place the toothpaste on their brush first, then act as if you are putting toothpaste on yours.
Set up a Rewards System
Setting up a rewards system is always a good (and positive) way to get your kids brushing. Maybe a sticker chart and after a week straight of perfect brushing, they get a reward. The reward can be anything you think will work. Some kids only get candy on occasion – a week worth of brushing my earn them a few pieces while a month worth might garner a small bag of candy or a chocolate bar. Encourage them of course, to brush after the candy and start the process all over again.
Get a Cool Toothbrush
Picking a children’s toothbrush can be a good experience. Even changing out the toothbrush every few weeks can be a huge incentive to a child to keep brushing. We absolutely LOVE these WooBamboo Eco Toothbrushes. They are so cool looking and they are made with bamboo that’s sustainable, organically grown, biodegradable, antimocrobial, and panda-friendly! Most of that won’t matter much to your child, but the cool look of the toothbrush will be appealing as well as explaining to them that these are a Panda Bear’s favorite toothbrush! Yes we did that, and yes it was a huge hit!
These toothbrushes have kid-safe, soft bristles, a beautiful wooden handle, are kid-sized for easy holding and come in vibrant bristle colors. They come two in a pack and it’s fun to tell your kids they are made of Panda Food (natural, biodegradable bamboo).
What are some tips and tricks you use to get your kids brushing? Share them in the comments below!