Some children don’t mind brushing their teeth, while others refuse to go near a toothbrush. What do you do when a kid refuses to cooperate? Here are a few tips and strategies from the office staff at Dental Care of Frisco to help keep your child’s teeth nice and clean.
Very Young Children
Little kids like to do what grown ups do, so make sure your child sees you brushing your teeth regularly. To further grab your kid’s attention and interest, make brushing teeth together a fun game. Here are some helpful tips offered by two of our office workers to help convince your little ones to brush:
Bechan: How I got my child, Tony, to brush: I started by dipping his toothbrush into chocolate syrup. Every day I’d put a little less syrup on and add a bit more toothpaste until one month later I applied only toothpaste. The transition was so gradual; he didn’t even notice. Wubby on the other hand, is way smarter, you can’t get anything past that pooch!
Dede: With both of my kids when they were toddlers I brushed for them. My daughter was very gracious and allowed me to do it, my son, not so much! It was WWE with my son, my husband and I would tag team, headlocks and all! When they got older and more independent, I would check their teeth after each brushing. They got two chances to get it right, if not Momma did it! There is nothing more humiliating to a teenager!
Make sure to use your imagination to make brushing as fun and exciting as possible. Remember, it’s ultimately your participation that will make toothbrushing the most fun for your young child.
Convincing an Older Child to Brush
When your older child doesn’t seem particularly interested in brushing their teeth, it’s time to use a psychological approach. Older kids want to be popular, so you need to stress that good dental hygiene, such as regular brushing for two minutes, as well as other forms of good grooming, can help boost their confidence. Here are two more tips from our office staff:
Regina: Everyday Addison didn’t brush, I made him rinse with unflavored stannous fluoride for two minutes.
Kristin: I brushed my teeth with my son, to make sure he brushed. If I didn’t brush with him, I checked his teeth after he said he brushed. If he still had the film on his teeth, I made him go back in and brush till it was right.
Parents and kids brushing their teeth together after meals can provide a reminder for the older child to not skip daily oral care. Plus, you can inspect their teeth afterward and make sure your child has done a good job. Be diligent with your older child and remember you are helping them to develop a lifetime habit of good dental care.
Are your kids doing a good job brushing their teeth? Are you concerned and need help? Contact us here at Dental Care of Frisco with any questions or concerns. We’d love to help!