Did you know…most kids don’t develop the proper motor skills or coordination they need for tooth brushing until well into elementary age? Until then, your child really needs your help brushing and flossing on a daily basis.

Brushing is usually a fun experience for young children, however, they may start to dislike it overtime. Don’t worry if this starts to happen with you. Lead by example, and let your child see how much fun he or she is missing. If they are wanting to brush independently, allow them to brush first, then help them finish.

For healthy teeth and gums, it’s important to establish a bedtime brushing routine, as well as brushing in the morning. Also, during the day, offer your child plenty of water in between meals.

5 ways to make brushing fun & easy for parents and kids

1. Fun Toothbrushes

There are a ton of fun toothbrushes for kids these days. Just make sure you choose one that’s small enough for your child to hold comfortably, and that has a small rounded head and soft bristles. Also, you’ll want to replace it every few months. Especially for preschoolers who tend to chew the toothbrush bristles when brushing. For babies, start with a soft finger toothbrush or baby toothbrush until teeth start coming in.

2. Tasty Toothpaste

Non foaming, non-abrasive, and fluoride-free Baby Orajel Tooth and Gum Cleanser and Orajel Toddler Training Toothpaste feature fun mild flavors that children actually enjoy, making tooth and gum care easier and much more enjoyable for parents.

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3. Say “ahhhhh!”

No kid can say “ahhh” without opening their mouths wide. Having your child say “ahhh” will make brushing their teeth that much easier. To make it a little more interesting, hum one of your favorite songs saying only “ahhh.”

4. Make It Fun

Kids are monkeys, in the sense that they like to mimic their parents and peers. In this case, it’s best to stand next to your child in front of the bathroom mirror and brush together. It allows them to mimic your brushing technique, to master theirs.

5. Use Music

One of the hardest parts of teaching children to brush their teeth, seems to be time. It’s recommended to brush your teeth for at least two full minutes. Even for adults, that can seem like a lifetime – imagine how your child feels. To make time go by quickly, and still keep them entertained and enthused, use music. Pick an upbeat song that is at least two minutes long, and brush for the entire song. Don’t forget to shake some booty too!

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