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Brushing 101: 3 Creative Ways to Get Your Kids to Brush

Family General Dentistry in Green Hills, Tennessee Montee & Montee Dental Co. Everyone young and old knows the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  But what if you don’t have any teeth to bite into that apple just yet? What are other creative ways to teach your children about proper oral hygiene?

The key to having good oral health starts with taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. Parents who help their kids develop good oral hygiene habits at an early age will have a lasting impact on how well they take care of their teeth as they get older. Although it can be initially tough to get children to brush their teeth, it has to be done.

Parents should start brushing their child’s teeth as soon as they begin to come in, which is typically at 6 months. When your child turns two you should start motivating them to take charge of their own dental care by helping them learn to brush their teeth.  Montee & Montee Dental Co. in Green Hills, Tennessee would like to share with you three creative ways to help get your kids to brush their teeth.

1. Let them pick their own toothbrush & toothpaste

Letting your child take charge by picking their own toothbrush and toothpaste can get them excited to learn how to use both to brush their teeth. There are a variety of fun colored toothbrushes; many have characters from children’s movies and cartoons from which they can choose. It’s important that you remain patient as they make their selection on their own. It’s hard not to get excited about a singing Elsa or talking Elmo toothbrush.  Toothpaste can also be a fun choice since they come in a lot of kid-friendly flavors such as bubble gum and cotton candy.

2. Make it a game

A good way for you to teach your children how to brush their teeth is to get down to their level and join them during brush time. The objective is to get their attention long enough during this time for them to learn how to brush their teeth.  But this time doesn’t have to be boring. It can be fun by turning it into a game.  The minimum amount of time your child should brush her or his teeth is 2 minutes. Set a timer and brush along with them and see which one of you can make the most bubbles while brushing. You can also use plaque disclosing tablets or mouthwash to help them fight the cavity monsters.

3. Add some music

Music is a great way to get your kids’ attention while also keeping them interested in brushing their teeth.  You can make up a song together that goes over teaching them how to brush their teeth. If you don’t have a good singing voice, then let your child pick a different song to play during brush time.

While your child is having fun learning how to brush his or her teeth with these three creative tips, it’s important that you get them into a daily routine as well. They should start going for regular dental checkups shortly after they turn three.

To learn more about brushing tips for your little one, or to make an appointment to start their checkups, contact Montee & Montee Dental Co. in Green Hills, Tennessee at 615-383-4494.