Why this guide?
What you will learn
- Various ways you can motivate your child to brush
- Key dental facts for kids
- When it is the right time to be strict
What can I do?
My child refuses to brush
You want to teach your child how to take care of their teeth properly. But sometimes it can be a real struggle, and there just seems to be no will from their side. Don’t despair! It may take a bit more time, but you’ll get there in the end, and the final result is both very important and very satisfying. Let’s take a look at various ways to help your child learn to love brushing:
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Is there anything else I need to know?
When you brush together, it’s a great idea to have music on and allow both you and your child to have fun. This creates lasting impressions and pleasant memories that draw your child to brushing again and again. Do not incentivise brushing with treats or other material rewards. Only with more love and attention. Be present with your child as you brush. Patiently answer any questions regarding brushing or dental health.
Be strict when your child refuses to brush. They must understand that such behavior is not acceptable in this family. Brushing one’s teeth isn’t a question of choice, it’s basic healthcare, safety and hygiene.
Children can have trouble building logical connections between their actions and long-term consequences. As a parent you need to teach the importance of daily brushing.