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How to get children 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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Mar 2022
https://curaprox.in/blog/post/how-to-get-children-to-brush
min read
Mar 2022
https://curaprox.in/blog/post/how-to-get-children-to-brush

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:

Enjoyable and regular routines

Your child needs to brush their teeth twice a day: in the morning and before going to bed. This ritual should be enjoyable and pleasant so your child has no reason to skip it. To create a good atmosphere in the bathroom, you can use your child’s favorite music and play games. 

As a parent, you absolutely have to lead by example, demonstrating disciplined brushing twice every day. However busy or tired you are, your child has to see that you never skip your own brushings either.

Control in brushing

Children have been found to perform better when they have control over what they do. For example, when a child picks out their own toothbrush, they are more likely to use it regularly than when a brush is picked out for them. The same goes for toothpaste. Giving your child a choice gives them a powerful incentive to form a healthy dental habit. So next time you choose your dental products in a store or online, ask your child which colour of brush they prefer or what flavour toothpaste they want.  

Leading by example

If a parent sticks to a healthy brushing ritual, their children are more likely to follow suit. For most of us as adults, any reluctant brushing is a result of childhood experiences: when our parents forced us to brush with unpleasant, harsh substances, and never followed their own rules. Do not pass this tradition along. Instead, create a loving, caring and nurturing atmosphere for when you brush. This has the power to greatly improve your child’s dental health in their adult life.

You're almost covered

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.

SUMMARY

For most adults, any reluctant brushing is a result of childhood experiences. It is critical to form positive experiences while brushing so that children carry on their brushing habits later in life.  Neglecting milk teeth can lead to severe damage to adult teeth in the future.

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