Saturday, March 02, 2013 Brushing Teeth Kids Oral Hygiene
10 Tips How To Make Children Brush Their Teeth
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But I'm happy to share to all of you that we overcame the stage when persuasion and nagging to brush their teeth. Keep in mind that the reason why we want them to learn oral hygiene is because it's an important part of their whole physical well-being.
Tips To Make Children Brush Their Teeth
1. Start Early. As soon as their first tooth shows, clean it with cloth and water after eating or drinking milk. I use the gauze type. They say babies who are used to have their teeth cleaned are easier to train to this oral hygiene.
2. Be Consistent. Establish the habit and routine so they would know what to expect after meals. Anything done consistently creates a habit or regular reminder that an activity should be done regularly.
3. Be A Good Role Model. You could not effectively teach your children something you don't do yourself. Show your children that you're diligently brushing your teeth after meals and show them the right way to do it. Brush up and down, around and around.
4. Select The Correct Toothpaste - It's been said that fluoride in toothpaste is not good for younger children. Some say it's ok. So whether you are for or against, choose the right one for your children. There are available flavored toothpaste for younger children in the market. The important thing is it's flavored. A flavored toothpaste and one with cartoon characters they recognize is a great way to encourage them to brush their teeth.
5. Choose The Right Toothbrush. Each stage of childhood has a corresponding type of toothbrush. As mentioned earlier, I started with cloth, then on to rubber bristles that you insert in your finger, then toothbrush with very soft bristles then graduating to the kid-sized durable toothbrush. I buy those with cartoon character, those with attractive colors and cute designs.
6. Make It Fun. Kids love doing something that's fun! To encourage them into doing something regularly, injecting fun is important. We brush our teeth together as a family. Look at ourselves in the mirror. We make funny faces and sounds. If you make brushing teeth a fun time, children would look forward to doing it with you. No more running around the house to catch them. No more tantrums. No more force. No more loud cries! :)
7. Play Videos of Children's Character That Teaches This tip is one that definitely helped me a lot in teaching my toddler to regularly brush his teeth. I also did this technique with my older son when he was also younger. The videos that we play each time they brush their teeth are the following:
Barney's Brushing My Teeth Song
Sesame Street Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me, Brushy Brush
Talking Ginger Toothbrush Timer Mobile Application via Play Store or iOS
How's your oral hygiene training? Did it go smooth or you struggled? What techniques were effective and which were not?
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