Why do kids become so resistant to brushing their teeth?
That’s a difficult question to answer, and while every child is different, it could be related to the fact they don’t seem to get any enjoyment out of it, it is viewed as a chore, or they don’t see the benefits of doing something like that for themselves.
Here are four steps you might consider taking to encourage your child to brush more frequently.
Step #1: Make it into a game.
Kids love to play games, even if it seems to be the most boring thing to an adult. If you find a way to make brushing their teeth in the morning and at night into a game, they might be more inclined to do it on a regular basis. You can set a timer and if they complete the task, they earn points. Of course, you need to compete with them in order for this to be a good game.
Step #2: Choose flavored toothpaste.
For some children, regular toothpaste can be harsh. There are plenty of toothpaste on the market that are specifically designed for children. These are usually flavored, either to taste like bubblegum, cherry, or something else they find appealing.
Step #3: Make sure they use a soft bristled toothbrush.
If they have a medium to hard bristled toothbrush, it could be causing pain along the gums. By relying on a soft bristled brush, it helps to reduce the risk of pain during brushing.
Step #4: Explain what can happen if they don’t brush.
Kids often have difficulty understanding long-term consequences, but they’ve already been to the dentist and might’ve had some work done, such as filling a cavity. They know it’s not a pleasant experience. If you sit down and honestly explain to them that brushing and flossing every day, twice a day, can help reduce the chance of that happening again, they may be more inclined to follow steps one, two, and three.