Young boy smiles at his mom after brushing his teeth at the bathroom sink

How to Encourage Your Child to Brush Their Teeth

September 27, 2022 9:48 pm

Good oral hygiene is just as important for kids as for adults! We understand that many kids struggle with brushing their teeth. But poor brushing habits can make your child more vulnerable to developing bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Here are some ideas to help your child be more consistent about brushing their teeth every day:

  1. Start Young
  2. Habits started young are more likely to persist as a child gets older. Start cleaning a baby’s gums every night with a damp, soft cloth. As soon as they start getting teeth, brush twice a day with a soft-bristled child’s toothbrush and a tiny smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Once your child has two teeth touching, you should begin flossing too. Starting early helps your child get used to the routine and feel of using a toothbrush and floss.

  3. Let Them Choose Their Tools
  4. Children like to feel a sense of control. Letting them choose their toothbrush and toothpaste can be a simple way to help them feel more involved in their oral hygiene. Whenever it’s time to replace their toothpaste or toothbrush, you could bring your child with you to the store to pick their next soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Or you could buy two different toothbrushes and/or toothpaste flavors and allow them to choose which to use each morning and night.

  5. Play a Song for 2 Minutes
  6. Your child may be brushing their teeth twice a day, but are they brushing for the full two minutes each time? To encourage them to brush long enough, play two minutes of their favorite song. This can keep your child more engaged in brushing, especially if you join in and brush your teeth too.

  7. Use an App
  8. There are many brushing apps available for both iOS and Android that are designed specifically for kids. Using colorful characters and music, the timers let your child know how long they should brush each section of their mouth.

Kid-Friendly Dentistry in Denver, CO

Brushing and flossing at home are essential for maintaining good oral health. Your child should also visit the dentist at least every six months for cleanings and exams! Vero Dental sees patients of all ages – including babies – and offers family block appointments for your convenience. Please contact us if you have additional questions about how to encourage your child to brush their teeth or if you want to schedule appointments for your family at our office. We look forward to hearing from you!


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