Make Brushing Teeth Fun For Kids
It’s never too early to start. Forming good habits early means you are more likely to continue with those as you grow. Oral hygiene can start even before a baby gets their first tooth.
Cleaning gums after a feed with some sterile water and a soft cloth will get children used to the sensation of having their gums touched. But as soon as a tooth starts to break through, brushing needs to begin in earnest, morning and night at the very least.
#1. Start With The Toothbrush
Up to the age of 2 a soft bristle brush and water are all your child needs. But once they get a little older, involve them in helping to choose their own toothbrush.
If they have a brush in their favourite colour or with their favourite character, they are much more likely to want to use it, than one you have chosen for them independently.
Spotlight Oral Care has a range of sustainable bamboo toothbrushes that are suitable for kids of all ages, with soft bristles to gently and effectively clean teeth. They are naturally antibacterial, 100% recyclable and available in 5 colours helping to make brushing earth-kind and fun!
#2. Choosing The Right Toothpaste
Did you know that a child’s mouth is 50 times more absorbent than their skin? For this reason alone, you need to get it right.
Not all toothpastes are equal. And not all children like the same taste. Again, involve your child in finding the one that suits your family best, and that you know they will want to use.
Most important is that it contains fluoride, which helps prevent early tooth decay. And if possible it should be toxin-free and cruelty-free.
#3. Learn About Brushing Together
Books and videos are a great way of teaching your child about brushing and picking up a few pointers for yourself along the way.
I am not talking about getting into the technicalities of brushing, but a favourite story book or video where a child is shown to be brushing their teeth makes it relatable for your child.
Next time you are in the library or bookshop or having a look online, see if there are age appropriate books or videos that incorporate brushing teeth into the storyline.
Or how about working on a story together, where the toothbrush is the hero against fighting tooth decay. Now that would make brushing teeth real fun!