5 Fun Ways To Encourage Children To Brush Regularly

Good oral care is something that should be taught from a young age. Healthy teeth and gums are important for not only long-term retention of teeth, but for a brilliant smile as well.

Children often have a hard time understanding the importance of good oral care. However, here are five fun ways to help get your kids excited about brushing their teeth and help them make it a lifetime habit.

1. Use Fun Toothpaste

There are plenty of toothpastes on the market today that taste great to kids, helping make brushing more enjoyable. Candy and fruit flavored toothpaste can help get your kids excited to brush and keep them brushing longer, which directly relates to how thoroughly their teeth and gums are cleaned.


2. Make a “Star” Poster

Keep your kids excited about brushing and help them become more goal oriented with a poster to track their brushing habits. Each time they brush add a star to the poster. At a predetermined point they are awarded with a surprise! This helps them build good brushing habits and allows them to work towards a reward with consistent brushing.


3. Make Up a Song About Brushing

You don’t have to be a songwriter to make up a funny song about brushing for your kids to sing. Use the tune to a fun song like Old MacDonald or The Song That Never Ends and make up silly lyrics with your children as you sing.


4. Use Cute Toothbrushes

There is a wide range of adorable children’s toothbrushes that will help make brushing fun. Use your child’s favorite characters or select a few different ones and let them choose which “buddy” they want to use to brush. Make up voices to go with the characters depicted so that the buddy effect really becomes entertainment.


5. Count Off As You Brush

Let the children count off each tooth as it becomes clean and sparkling. Don’t forget Mr. Tongue! Create voices, for example, high pitched ones for front teeth and deep resonant ones for back teeth as they call out in order they are clean and ready for inspection.

It is never too early to begin to teach dental hygiene to your children and doing so can protect them from dental decay and gum disease. Making brushing time fun and creative will help encourage children to brush longer and more thoroughly than when they view it as just a bedtime chore.


Becky Mackay is an online writer, with a keen interest in health and lifestyle. For more top health tips visit her Twitter Page FreshHealth11

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  1. Thanks for the post. I hate teeth brushing time. This will help.

  2. This is a great article! Sometimes it is hard to get kids to brush their teeth, but the end result will always be worth it! I like the fun ideas in the article to encourage kids to brush their teeth. Are their any products specifically that you as a parent would recommend for teeth brushing?