Getting your child to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day can make for a frustrating time. Simply setting a timer and supervising can be dreary for everyone. At Richard J. Gawarzewski DMD, PA, we know that brushing teeth can be fun for both child and parent! Here are 4 tips to help move things along.
Family Time: Children learn from watching and copying. So grab your toothbrush and brush together! They will learn healthy habits, and it may make things fun for you, too.
Two-Minute Media: Try using those two minutes to tell a story. Be sure to use your imagination–try naming characters after people your child knows, and use your best voices. Or choose a favorite song and crank up the music! Distractions such as these can make the time fly by.
The Right Tools: Child-sized toothbrushes are available in a myriad of colors and beloved characters. Allowing your child to choose their favorite may make brushing time an adventure! Also, remember not to use too much toothpaste. For a child under 3 years old, use a dab of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. For children 3-6 years, use a dollop about the size of a pea. Many ADA approved child toothpaste comes in a variety of flavors and colors–some even have sparkles! Letting your child choose may help him want to brush.
Stick to a Routine: Maybe the most important thing to remember is to be consistent. Consistent brushing and flossing work together to help create healthy habits for a lifetime.
Call Richard J. Gawarzewski DMD, PA at 856-767-0053 for more tips on how to help your child’s smile succeed!