Pediatric Dentistry

How to Make Brushing Fun Instead of a Struggle

Try these tips to end the brushing battle that might be brewing at your home.

Boy with mother brushing teeth at home

If you are like most parents, some days can feel like an ongoing struggle with your children. The last thing you want to do is to fight first thing in the morning or have a battle before bed to get your kids to brush their teeth. If you make it fun or offer incentives for your child to develop healthy brushing habits in the beginning, that can mean one less thing that you have to get on them about daily. Try these tips to end the brushing battle that might be brewing at your home.

Offer Incentives

One of the best ways to get a child to do what you want without standing over them is to offer incentives to them for complying. Make a deal with your kids that if they brush their teeth without hassle, at the end of the week you will give them some perk or reward. The reward doesn’t have to be something big; it can be something as small as an hour of video games. You will be amazed at how quickly kids will fall into line when you offer them something in exchange for their good behavior.

Buy Them a Cool Toothbrush

If you are having a hard time getting your kids to brush, buying them a toothbrush with their favorite character on it or one that moves around and lights up might do the trick. The best idea is to bring them to the store and let them pick out which one they would rather have. If you give them a choice, they will think they made the decision – not just to buy the brush, but also to use it. When kids feel empowered, they are more likely to want to do it for themselves than to make it an issue of it with you.

Get Them Accessories

For kids to develop healthy oral habits, it isn’t just about the brushing. Introducing flossing and mouthwash are both excellent ideas to get your kids on the same page to building a healthy oral future. Mouthwash is an important part of the regimen, because it helps to kill the bacteria responsible for plaque and tooth decay. Getting them mouthwashes that taste yummy or are colorful will be another great way to get them excited about keeping their teeth clean without you having to stand over them or fight about it.

Brushing, flossing, and the use of mouthwash are all important habits that you should instill in your children early on. Instead of making it a battle and argument, find ways to encourage your kids to take care of their teeth long after they have left your home. Not only will it save you money on treating dental caries, but it will also help to set up lifelong behaviors that will keep them from having to be in the dentist’s chair more than once a year. Stop working against them by making brushing a chore, and work with them so that they feel empowered and enjoy taking care of their teeth.


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Clayton, MO


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