Helping your child with his oral hygiene routine twice a day can be frustrating. Simply setting a timer and supervising can be dreary for both child and parent! At Louis Migliazzo, DDS, we know that brushing teeth can actually be entertaining for all involved. Here are seven tips to turn tooth-brushing time into party time:
Join in on the Fun: Oftentimes children pick up on things simply by watching and copying you. Grab your toothbrush and brush your teeth with them! It might even help you if your own oral hygiene routine needs some work.
Two-Minute Storytime: It’s recommended that your child brush their teeth for two minutes. Why not tell them a story? Use your imagination. You can name characters after people your child knows and use fun accents and voices.
Tooth-Brushing Tunes: Pick a beloved song and crank up the music! Brushing to your child’s favorite music can make the time fly by.
Rewards Chart: Try using a rewards chart for your child. You can give them stickers, home-made coupons, or computer time if they stick to their routine. After a while, you may not even need to remind them.
Fun Toothbrushes: Child-sized toothbrushes are accessible in a variety of colors and cartoon characters. Allow your child to choose their favorite. This can turn brushing time into an exciting adventure for them!
Toothpaste: Using a lot of toothpaste may be more than your child can manage in their little mouths. For a child under 3 years old, you only need a tiny dab of toothpaste, maybe the size of a grain of rice. For children 3 and up, use a dollop about the size of a pea. Many ADA approved child toothpastes come in a myriad of flavors and colors. Some even have sparkles! Letting your child choose might motivate him to brush more often.
Be Consistent: The most important thing to remember is to simply stick to the routine. This will help your child understand and retain the knowledge that brushing his or her teeth is important. A reliable brushing and flossing routine ensures healthy habits for a lifetime.
Call Louis Migliazzo, DDS in Tucson, Arizona at 520-323-7550 to talk to Dr. Louis Migliazzo and our staff about more suggestions on how to aid your child’s success!