Chinonso is a 6 year old and a fun kid. He jumps at every chance to watch his favourite kiddies programme on Television – watching in excitement and singing along to his favourite cartoon character. However, the last thing Chinonso wants is to be woken up so early by his mother to prepare for school. Following this she hands him his toothbrush to go brush his teeth, a task he finds quite daunting.
The case of Chinonso is not peculiar; getting little children to brush their teeth can be a battle for many parents. But no matter how hard it may seem, you know how important it is for your kids to brush their teeth regularly.
It is a known fact that most children will fight you on doing anything that is good for them like taking a bath or getting up early to prepare for school. And brushing their teeth is no different.
Here are some tips to inspire or help get your children to brush regularly.
Let your child choose their own brush
It is a well known fact that encouraging good brushing habits in children can end up in tears and tantrums. It is important for parents to make the experience fun for kids. This will help to ease the stress for everyone involved. One way to do this is to allow your child choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste. They will instantly feel happier about brushing.
Make them understand why it is so important
Some kids need an explanation for everything as they try to understand the world around them. If your child is inquisitive by nature, then take the time to explain to your child why regular teeth brushing is so important. Dr. Bruno Sharp, dentist and Natural Oral Care provider said, “Most kids will come around and stick with the habits that they are being taught. Discuss the reasons why they need to brush regularly, so they know why they are doing it. You can make this easier and still keep it age-appropriate by picking up some kid’s books about brushing, too”.
Indeed, it is important to explain to children about cavities and plaque and what can happen to their teeth over time. Give them a sense of ownership over their own body so they feel like they are making the decision to do the right thing. You don’t want to scare them, but give them enough information so they take it seriously.
Always try to set an example
Most times children learn from their parents. So, always make it a point to seriously brush your teeth in front of your child twice every day. Not only will this rub off on your child, it will also ensure good oral hygiene for you.