How to Make Brushing Your Teeth Exciting Each Day

Woman smiling while brushing teeth

We get it: brushing your teeth might seem like just another step of your morning or nightly routine. Truth is, it might be an activity that you just do. It's easy to overlook the importance of brushing teeth as a part of our oral care journey, and we might not think about what can happen if we let our oral care slip.

We often read about how we can make brushing teeth a fun activity for children, but what about for us adults? There’s no reason brushing teeth can’t be enjoyable for grown-ups, so here are some simple remedies for making that morning and nightly routine fun for you too.

Find a flavor that speaks to you and your mood

Are you feeling burnt out on the classic minty taste? Trying a different flavor of toothpaste can be the shake-up that you're looking for! Are you someone with a spicier side like cinnamon? Or does your mind constantly day-dream about traveling to a fruity, tropical island? Do some soul searching (or Amazon searching) to find a flavor that speaks to you. Can't decide? Consider matching your flavor of choice to your mood or time of day that you choose to brush (after every meal, of course). Breakfast? I'm feeling tropical. Lunch? That upcoming big meeting might call for some mint action. Hot date? Break out the cinnamon! Whatever it is, a simple flavor mix-up might be the change you're looking for, and may inspire you to fall in love with brushing all over again.

Compete and Conquer

Who says you can’t make brushing teeth into a challenge of its own? A friendly competition can be a great solution if you have trouble motivating yourself. Challenge your spouse, best friend, sibling or roommate to join you on your journey to a cleaner and brighter smile! As an extra incentive (other than bragging rights), up the reward. Winner gets to pick the movie for movie night, or chose where/what dinner is next week. Make it fun and engaging, but don't forget to reflect on how far you've come.

Check yourself... and your teeth

Busy days can be exhausting. You're not alone! We understand that it can be easy to put off brushing your teeth, but associating a positive idea with your brushing routine can turn that frown upside down. Motivate yourself by envisioning your soon-to-be whiter smile and fresh breath. A simple adjustment can make all the difference in your attitude surrounding the two-minute routine. The time that you spend brushing your teeth can be an easy and uplifting way to take a few moments for yourself. Take some time during this activity to think about your day, reflect or even meditate.

Give yourself a gold star, you deserve it!

Reward systems aren't just for kids. If all else fails, rewarding yourself can be one of the easiest ways to actually look forward to brushing your teeth. Watch your favorite TV show while you brush, or decide that you can have an extra sweet treat at the end of the week (just make sure you brush after consuming sugary snacks). Simple rewards can go a long way when it comes to getting motivated to brush teeth.

Brushing your teeth can and should be enjoyable. It's the simplest way to take care of and maintain your oral health. Find a flavor that you like, create some friendly competition, think happy thoughts and reward yourself. Be proud that you accomplished this small task each day! Now you're ready to show off that cleaner and brighter smile!

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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