So you are here for tips to get your kids to brush their teeth… Well I’m no expert, my sons healthy teeth are largely due to him not eating enough for cavity forming bacteria to accumulate.
But jokes aside, I have managed to get my kid to brush his teeth and I do so like to share tips and tricks.
How to get your kids to brush their teeth?
– start early
It is recommended that you start cleaning your baby’s mouth from 4 weeks old, you can use a special finger brush or simply rub your baby’s gums with a warm, clean facecloth. Some people might try to convince you to use glycerin, but turns out this is just an old wives tale and is actually really bad for them so smile nicely at your aunt and then don’t do it.
– Loosen the reigns
I know little kids take forever to finish basic tasks and this can eat at your very soul. But leave them to it, let them get comfortable with the idea of brushing their own teeth… Invest in toothpastes like the Pure Beginnings that is fluoride free and safe to swallow because letting them do it themselves will mean a lot of toothbrush licking.
– Follow the leader
Leading by example is probably the most basic way to get your kids to brush their teeth. Kids really want to do what you do, so why not make dental care a family activity. Aidan and his dad do the brushing of hair and teeth together and it’s really helped form a habit for him.
– reward charts
Sticker charts work for so many things from potty training to changing bad habits (here’s a sticker for not biting your nails today). Why not give them a sticker every time they brush their teeth, it gives them a sense of accomplishment to see their sticker books fill up, well I’ve seen it work for friends anyway.
– scare tactics
This is an unorthodox way to get your kids to brush their teeth so you might snatch your pearls a little. When Aidy went through a stage of not wanting to brush his teeth I googled pictures of kids with cavities and showed him, this soon got him back on track because he did not want to loose his teeth like they did. But like I said, it’s not for everyone.
So that’s my very basic tips, Aidan has his own ideas to get your kids to brush their teeth so do check out his little video (as always it is unscripted)
We have started using pure beginnings toothpaste and love it. The adult toothpaste cleans well but is not overpowering in flavor. Honestly the first one or two times I used it I missed the super minty taste but now I quite like it, and it doesn’t make everything I eat after brushing my teeth taste horrible.
Aidan is a big fan of the kids toothpaste with its mild flavor and creamy texture. I feel great knowing that the toothpaste has no fluoride and is made with organic ingredients I can trust… You guys know what low key hippies we are around these parts.
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