As a parent, your child’s dental health is top priority. However, it can be challenging to teach children proper dental hygiene, especially small children. Meanwhile, it is crucial to make tooth brushing fun in order to instill lifelong brushing and flossing habits. The Super Dentists know how to make brushing teeth fun, and we’re here to pass along the fun to you and your family.
From entertaining, interactive visits to smart self-care strategies, The Super Dentists is here to boost your family’s oral health. One in every five San Diego children is a Super Dentists kid. We’re reinventing and transforming the way parents and children view traditional pediatric dental care. See why we’re the #1 Pediatric Dentistry Practice for children throughout the San Diego region and stop by one of our convenient locations today.
The bottom line: brushing doesn’t have to be a bore! Check out our recommended strategies outlined below, and for more information, visit The Super Dentists’ blog or contact us to schedule a consultation.
Strategies for How to Make Brushing Teeth Fun
Want to make teeth brushing teeth fun for your family?, Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Find Fun Dental Health Education Resources.
The Super Dentists believes fundamental dental care starts with aneducational but fun approach. Try reading age-appropriate books and watching videos about dental hygiene with your child as you begin exploring how to make brushing teeth fun. For ideas of what sort of fun educational media is out there, you can watch The Super Dentists video for kids on proper brushing and flossing at home! Your child will enjoy the time you spend together learning about oral health, and you’ll enjoy the opportunity to introduce healthy habits like brushing and flossing.
Make Brushing and Flossing a Family Affair.
Setting an example for your kids is one of your most powerful tools to make brushing teeth fun. To model good dental hygiene, brush and floss at least twice daily with your children, including once before bedtime. For younger children, you might even have them practice brushing your teeth! The routine of family brushing will establish consistency, so children will be able to learn healthy habits more easily. Plus, extra family time and attention for your child is never a bad thing! Sometimes, it takes teamwork to accomplish family goals, and proper dental care is definitely worth the extra effort!
Create a Two-minute “Contest” For Brushing.
In addition to “how to make brushing teeth fun,” The Super Dentists team frequently answers questions like “how long children should brush their teeth.” Adults and children alike should brush teeth for two minutes twice daily, including before bedtime. To make brushing teeth fun, make a game of it and set the timer for two minutes; the “winner” must brush for the entire two minutes without stopping. This type of game will create a sense of friendly competition and motivate your kids to brush properly – a win-win!
Get Your Child a Special Toothbrush
As adults, we forget the novelty of incorporating toys into everyday life. Relive the magic of childhood and indulge your child in a special toothbrush of his or her choosing. You’ll find that, by adapting the toothbrushing process into a game with “toys” of sorts, you’ve found one special way to make brushing teeth fun.
Speaking of special toothbrushes…we offer The Super Toothbrush, with a choice of four Super Dentists super heroes and villains! They’re available on Amazon or at any of our five San Diego locations. Get one today and increase the fun factor with your child’s oral healthcare regimen!
Reward Consistent Tooth Brushing.
To really make twice-daily brushing and flossing something that really catches kids’ attention, reward their behavior. Start small by choosing a simple reward (like gold stars), and award it only when kids brush and floss as instructed (i.e. two minutes per day twice a day for brushing and once a day for flossing). Once kids have the mechanics and schedule of brushing in place, reward consistency by creating a weekly brushing calendar; each week of perfect daily brushing results in a bigger reward.
Make Going to the Dentist a Special Occasion.
At The Super Dentists, going to the dentist means fun for every member of your family. A trip to The Super Dentists means exceptional dental care, and an out-of-this-world experience. We’ve seen our adult patients passing that excitement along to their families be a very successful way to alleviate anxiety and reinforce positive associations with visiting the dentist. Make it clear to your kids that going to the dentist is the crowning achievement of your child’s hard work for learning proper dental habits, and avoid framing it as a negative outcome for neglecting their brushing and flossing habits. Parents can also pass a fear of the dentist to their children. If you’re anxious about a dental visit, do your best to talk about visiting the dentist in a neutral tone. Let us know when you make your appointment if you or your child is especially anxious so we can let our super crew know in advance.
Recruit the Tooth Fairy.
Not everyone realizes that the tooth fairy pays more for teeth that are clean and and cavity free. Make sure your child knows this fact; it will go a long way in motivating your child to engage in daily brushing and flossing!
Our Specialists on How to Make Brushing Teeth Fun
The Super Dentists team is here to teach everyone how to make brushing teeth fun. We are an advocate for your child’s lifelong dental health, and we are committed to helping educate your entire family on proper dental hygiene. We know what it takes to engage and teach children, and our pioneering use of Augmented Reality (AR) technology makes us one of the most sought-after Pediatric Dentistry Practices in San Diego. Our free AR app features 12 modules (or “experiences”) in which kids interact with our characters in 3D to learn about a number of dentistry topics. Kids are able to have fun and learn about tooth brushing and cavities while they’re spending time in our Super Lounges.
We strive to make every dental experience as extraordinary as your child. That’s the philosophy behind our family-first approach to pediatric dental care, and it’s a main reason why we’re the preferred Pediatric Dentistry Practice in San Diego. Discover a different brand of pediatric dental care – visit one of our offices today!
In addition to Pediatric Dentistry, The Super Dentists provides state-of-the-art dentistry for every member of the family, including comprehensive dental services for teens and parents and orthodontics. Contact The Super Dentists to learn more about how to make brushing teeth fun or to schedule a consultation.