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Ideas for Making Teeth Cleaning Fun

Anne Maria Wynter

Do you go through a daily struggle when you try to convince your little one to brush and floss? One way you can overcome this common problem is by making teeth cleaning fun instead of making it to feel like a chore. To encourage your child to find enjoyment while he takes care of his teeth, try out these tips.

Starting Earlier
If your child gets cranky about cleaning his teeth at night, the act of brushing may not be to blame. While many parents encourage children to brush their teeth right before bedtime, this timing can mean that evening teeth cleaning consistently takes place when your child is sleepy and cranky. Instead, try switching his brushing and flossing time so that it happens right after dinner. As long as your little one doesn't do any post-dinner snacking, this could be a great way to get his teeth sparkling clean while hearing less whining and fewer complaints.

Brushing Together
Younger children in particular love to mimic what their parents do, so you can take advantage of this eagerness to help make teeth cleaning more exciting. Instead of simply supervising your child while he brushes and flosses, transform the task into a fun joint activity. As a bonus, if you concentrate on setting a strong example for great teeth cleaning techniques, you'll be sure to improve your own habits in the process.

Cleaning Teeth to the Beat
One of the best tips for making teeth cleaning fun is to play music while your child is brushing and flossing. Choose a song that he likes and watch the music's timer to make sure he's brushing for the full two minutes. You can even build up anticipation by surprising him with a new brushing and flossing song each night.

To learn more about oral health for children, visit the Colgate Oral Care resources.

Source: Ha-Wee

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