5 Foolproof Ways to Make Toothbrushing Fun

Getting your child to brush their teeth can be quite a pain. No matter what we tell them about cavities, they don’t care. Toothbrushing can be uncomfortable and annoying, and if you don’t do it often, painful. It’s no wonder that they dislike it. If you’re having a hard time getting your child to brush their teeth, here are a few tips on how to make toothbrushing fun.

Personalize Toothbrushing

Try to make toothbrushing a bit more bearable by letting your child personalize the experience. Go to the store and let them pick out two or three toothbrushes with their favorite characters on them, and let them pick a few options for toothpaste. Every night, let them decide if they want Spider-Man or Batman to help them brush their teeth, and what flavor they want to use. Consider skipping toothpaste altogether if they hate the taste.

Download an App

There are tons of apps that help kids brush their teeth, from Disney’s Magic Timer to Toothsavers, an app dedicated to saving a magical land from cavities. Most apps have a video or a song that your child can brush along to making the time fly by. Check out our earlier this blog post for more ideas on which apps to download.

Play Games

Turn toothbrushing into a game instead of a chore. Take turns brushing each other’s teeth, let them have a turn with the brush in their hand, or let them brush a stuffed animal’s teeth alongside their own. You could “chase” animals around their mouth, tell your child that the toothbrush is a tooth tickler and you need to find which teeth are ticklish, or any other exciting thing that you can imagine.

Use an Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes are a fun way to get your child to brush their teeth. There are lots of new child-friendly electric toothbrushes that are gentle yet fun. Using an electric toothbrush can help you do more cleaning with less effort, ideal for stubborn children. Many come with an automatic timer as well, so you don’t have to worry if you’ve brushed long enough. If you have a toothbrush with different speeds, try and use the different sounds the vibrations make to create a unique toothbrushing song.

Offer Rewards

There is no shame in bribing your children to brush their teeth. Start a sticker chart, and after so many nights of toothbrushing, take them out for ice cream, or do another activity they’ve been excited for. Find something that will motivate your child to brush their teeth, and then take advantage of it!

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