Ideas for Making Teeth Cleaning Fun

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.

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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How to FLOSS

  1. Pull 18 to 24 inches of dental floss from the floss dispenser.

  2. Wrap the ends of the floss around your index and middle fingers.

  3. Hold the floss tightly around each tooth in a C shape; move the floss back and forth in a push-pull motion and up and down against the side of each tooth.

How to BRUSH

  1. Place the toothbrush at a 45°angle along the gum line. Move the toothbrush in a back and forth motion, and repeat for each tooth.

  2. Brush the inside surface of each tooth, using the same back and forth technique.

  3. Brush the chewing surface (top) of each tooth.

  4. Use tip of brush to brush behind each tooth — front and back, top and bottom and up and down strokes.

  5. Be sure to brush your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria.