As your children grow they are learning how to take care of themselves and others in new ways. One of the skills your child should learn is proper brushing habits. While it may not be easy to help your child get in the habit of brushing twice a day for two minutes, a little creativity now may help to build healthy brushing habits down the road.
1 Develop A Routine: While you may be tempted to let your child skip brushing when your normal schedule is off, or it’s been a long day, do your best to keep your child on track. Sticking to a brushing routine will make it seem like second nature to your child.
2 Make It Fun: Turn on your child’s favorite music and have a 2-minute dance party while they brush. Consider reading a story to your child for 2 minutes using your best creative voice. Whatever you do, make brushing twice a day fun for your child.
3 Favorite Character: Who is your child’s favorite character? Children’s shows (like Sesame Street) or books found on www.babble.com/crafts-activities/the-10-best-childrens-books-on-brushing-your-teeth/ offer great ways to teach your child proper brushing habits while having fun.
4 Reward Your Child: Use stickers and a reward chart to motivate your child. Let him add one every time he brushes. Consider letting him choose a bedtime story and always stay positive with your child’s efforts.
She grew up in the small town of Prescott, Wisconsin and received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from the University of Minnesota. For the past 20 years, Dr. Lindgren has been practicing in the East Metro and nearby communities and has brought her passion for comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry to Cottage Grove and the surrounding area. Contact Lindgren Dental Care to Schedule an Appointment (651) 393-9739.