Whoever said ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ has clearly never tried to make a reluctant child brush their teeth! Don’t worry though, we’ve got six games that will encourage tricky toddlers to brush their teeth in no time.
Turn brush time into playtime
Playing is one of the best ways for your child to learn, so creating a game for brushing their teeth can really help with their oral hygiene. You could pretend that there are tiny stars on each tooth that need to be polished or that there are tiny invisible monsters they need to catch with their brush.
Make sure their toy’s teeth are brushed too
You might have to spend a little bit of money on an extra toothbrush but having children brush their toy’s teeth is a great way to encourage them to brush their own. It’s important for you to “tell the toys” why brushing their teeth is important and hope that your child is listening too!
Brush with them
For better or for worse, children are great copycats. So, if you can’t get them to brush their teeth on their own, try brushing with them instead. Taking it in turns to brush your teeth, or letting them brush yours and then their own, are great ways to encourage a good dental routine.
There are plenty of dental supplies out there based on the latest children films and tv shows. Letting your child choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste is one of the best ways to get them to be more enthusiastic about brushing their teeth from the get-go.
Make a brushing song
Children love learning through nursery rhymes, so why not write a song for brushing their teeth. You can even take the words from the song and match them up to their tooth brushing action too.
It can be difficult to get children to enjoy brushing their teeth but with a little bit of enthusiasm, a few of our teeth brushing games and a lot of patience, we’re sure your child will have a good oral routine in no time!