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Teach Your Children How to Brush Their Teeth

A beautiful smile leads to more than a healthy lifestyle and a clean mouth; a beautiful smile can be the backdrop of a child’s self-esteem. Just as the old cliché, Pictures say a thousand words, when you see children who don’t show their teeth in pictures, you can bet that child is self-conscious about their smile. Whether from tooth decay or the changed color of the enamel on their teeth.

Nonetheless, many young children couldn’t care less about brushing their teeth or having a bright white smile until they’re in their teens and it’s too late. So, how can we teach them to brush their teeth on their own? Or, want to brush their teeth three times daily?

We have provided a few tips to help make your brush-teaching task as effortless as a smile. Provided below are innovative and creative ways to show your children how to brush their teeth, categorized in age groups for your convenience.

Preschool
Preschoolers learn most things through rhythm and rhyme. Make the brushing experience fun and exciting. Let them know there are little bugs that we can’t see that live on their teeth, and you have to brush them away. Make a song out of your teeth brushing time:

 There’s a bug on my teeth brush him off
 Brush up, brush down, brush you teeth round and round
 When you spit the paste in the sink, the bug goes down the drain
 There are no more bugs in our teeth  ELook smile now so bright

Once you have shown your tots the up and down and round and round flow of brushing their teeth, give them the brush, “now you try. EOnce they get that flow themselves and they move their tiny brushes up and down make this a very exciting and joyous moment. Celebrate this with laughter, clapping, and exciting hoorays. Let other family members in on the celebration as well, have your child show their grandparents or other family members how awesome they too can brush their teeth.

Main points to address:

  • Get excited about brushing and even more excited when they brush.
  • Make it a fun experience.
  • Ask them to show you how well they can brush their teeth.
  • Make it a big deal to other family members when they learn how, “Dad look how great (child’s name) can brush his/her teeth.

Grades K-3rd
Grades K-3rd learn through presentation and repetition. The best way for young elementary children to learn is through repetition and presentation. Offer your young children the ability to watch as you brush your teeth explaining what you are doing every step of the way. Use creative analogies, “plaque are small bugs that are in your mouth eating away at your teeth and the only way to get them out is to brush.” 

You’ll be amazed at how quickly your kids will ask to brush their teeth and insist on doing so regularly.

Main points to address:

  • Offer regular presentations of yourself brushing.
  • Be consistent with times of the day to brush.
  • Use creative analogies or stories of others who never brushed their teeth.

Grades 4th-6th
While grades 4th -6th learn through show and tell. There is nothing more effective than honesty and showing these youngsters what happens when someone doesn’t brush their teeth. Find pictures of individual’s teeth that have serious decay or rotten teeth. Use every dental visit as a way to teach them by asking the dentist for pictures of people who never brush their teeth. Explain to them, “this is what happens when people don’t brush their teeth.”

You can also explain the health hazards of not brushing your teeth. There are plenty of health risks for individuals who don’t brush their teeth.

Main points to address:

  • Search online for teeth that are badly decayed and show them to your youngsters.
  • Be honest about how not brushing decays their teeth and hurts their health.
  • Use pictures offered through your dentist at every visit.
  • Ask your dentist to share with your children stories, pictures or knowledge of the hazards of not brushing their teeth.

Resources
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