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Updated by Emma Kalman on Apr 18, 2017
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Easy Ways to Make Tooth Brushing More Fun for Your Child

Getting a child to brush and floss their teeth regularly can sometimes be challenging and may be the source of regular confrontations. To make this task easier, look at these few simple tips to make this task more fun for your child.

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Make Tooth Brushing into a Musical Experience

Make Tooth Brushing into a Musical Experience

Two minutes can seem like a very long time to a young child but brushing to a song that they really enjoy, or even making up a song that lasts for a couple of minutes can make the time fly. As soon as the music stops then they will know they have finished brushing their teeth.

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Get Them to Choose Their Own Toothbrush

Get Them to Choose Their Own Toothbrush

Giving a child some control over their tooth brushing habits can work wonders and will certainly make the process more interesting for them. Next time you go shopping, get them to choose a toothbrush that really appeals to them.

Nonetheless, make sure that it is a child-friendly brush.

It’s likely that they can find their favorite cartoon character or perhaps a toothbrush that lights up or even plays a song. All these things can help them get excited about tooth brushing.

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Allow Them to Pick Their Own Flavor Toothpaste

This can be a good idea, particularly if your child is a picky eater and dislikes many common flavors. Getting your child to choose a flavor of toothpaste that appeals to them could help make tooth brushing seem all that more interesting seeing as they will have chosen it on their own.

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Positive Reinforcement

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Positive Reinforcement

Make sure you give them plenty of praise when they do a great job of brushing and flossing their teeth. They will be more likely to continue with lots of positive reinforcement.

If they are particularly reluctant, a sticker chart might be a useful technique to try. Get them to choose the stickers and make the chart with them and agree on a small reward at the end of a certain period of successful brushing.

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Brush and Floss Your Teeth at the Same Time

Children are great at copying adults and are often quick learners, so brushing and flossing your teeth at the same time will help them see and understand exactly what needs to be done. You can also explain why you do things in a certain way so they can gain a better understanding of dental health. If they are still young, you will need to brush their teeth for them but you can still get them to practice perhaps on a favorite teddy or doll so they are more involved.

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Don’t Forget Your Pediatric Dentist is there to Help

Don’t Forget Your Pediatric Dentist is there to Help

Please don’t forget that your dentist can help you and your child. A pediatric dentist is specially trained and can explain things to very young children in a way that is extremely easy for them to understand.

They can offer personalized tuition for your child on brushing and flossing. While they are still young enough to need their teeth brushed for them, they can show you a few straightforward ways of making this task much more comfortable and less of a struggle for you both.