It is so important for kids to learn how to brush their own teeth. I know I have difficulty with this, and I just want to take over and do it myself, but to develop proper grooming habits, they need to work on this on their own….with your direction. Here are a couple tips to help you get them in the habit, and have fun doing it.
Difficulty: Moderately ChallengingInstructions
Things You’ll Need:
- Child size toothbrush
- Yummy flavored non-flouride toothpaste if they are under 2 yrs
- A good attitude
- Step 1
Excitedly, let your child know it is time to brush their teeth. Tell them with a big smile, but don’t give them a choice.
- Step 2
Let them help you with the whole process from beginning to end. When they are involved, I have found they are more interested and willing. Let them put the toothpaste on the brush, and run it under the water themselves. It helps to have a variety of toothbrushes to choose from so it can be more fun. I let my kids pick out their own at the store so they are anticipating using their “new toy”. I also like to get the batttery powered toothbrushes because they clean more efficiently with less brushing, which is really a help for small children.
- Step 3
After you get them all set up to go, show them how to go up and down, back and forth on all teeth. I like to make a game out of it. For example, we try to sing a song of vowel sounds to keep our mouths open the whole time. Kids have a tendancy to bite down on their brushes and not get all teeth. The trick is to keep their mouths open so they can reach all areas, and you can see that it gets done.
- Step 4
Then, the spit and rinse step comes next. This is a favorite around our house because it is the only time they are allowed to spit. Let them really have fun with it. It should lead to lots of giggles.
- Step 5
The main idea is to make it fun. I like to also give my kids a sticker or other small item as a treat for brushing properly. This is good motivation to get them to want to do it again!
Tips & Warnings
- Buy new toothbrushes regularly because kids tend to bite them and ruin them quickly.
- Always supervise and don’t let kids run around with toothbrushes in their mouths. They may fall and jam them up into their mouth.