Top 10 tips to encourage kids to clean their teeth
1. Always clean your teeth at the same time as your child. Children love to imitate grownups so if you're
cleaning your teeth the likelihood is they will want to copy.
2. Use a toothpaste especially designed for kids as they taste naturally sweet and will make teeth cleaning a more pleasant experience. Young children will often swallow toothpaste so choose a fluoride-free option such as Organic Kids Tooth Gel by Lavera www.lavera.co.uk.
3. Use a brightly coloured toothbrush. Kids are attracted more to vibrant colours and will relish the prospect of cleaning their teeth if their toothbrush is bold and bright.
4. Negotiation can be a powerful tool when bringing up children. Say that if they clean their teeth well for three minutes morning and night, they will be rewarded with something they enjoy such as a trip to the park or their favourite story.
5. Introduce teeth cleaning into the morning and bedtime routine. E.g. if you always do bath, pyjamas, teeth and story in that order, then your child will soon come to realise that teeth cleaning is all part of their normal routine.
6. If your child wants to brush your teeth, let them. This will give you an ideal opportunity to brush their teeth - brushing each other's teeth can be great fun which associates laughter and fun with teeth cleaning.
7. Let them know they're being kind to the planet. Monte Bianco toothbrushes come with detachable heads which means that less plastic ends up in landfill. Children will love to learn how their actions are helping to save the earth.
8. Use two brushes: while very young children may be keen to hold their own toothbrush, the brushing which results can be ineffectual. Give them a toothbrush to hold to distract them from you cleaning their teeth with the other brush.
9. If all else fails, give your child's teeth a gentle brush when they are asleep. Young children sleep so deeply that this shouldn't wake them but will allow you to get rid of any unsightly build up on the teeth.
10. If you're still not having any luck, don't push it for a day or two as this will only serve to associate frustration and upset with teeth cleaning. Instead, get everyone else in the family to clean their teeth while your child looks on, ensuring that you laugh and smile at the same time. Children hate to think they're missing out so will soon want to be in on all the fun!
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