What To Say When Your Child Won’t Brush

Even kids who’ve been good little boys and girls for Santa can get cranky when it comes to brushing. They may not have much understanding of how brushing relates to good overall dental health. The words “tooth decay” and “dental hygiene” are not a part of their everyday vocabulary. And for children, there are lots of things that seem more fun than standing at the sink. While preventive visits to a children’s dentist are important, brushing at home is a crucial part of good oral health. Reluctance to brush may have many causes.

“Do You Like Your Toothpaste?”

Adults don’t rely on fun flavors for brushing, but it can make a big difference to children. Along with flavors from mint to bubble gum, you can find toothpaste tubes that feature favorite characters from cartoons and videos. There are even toothpastes that sparkle. As long as it is ADA-approved, and non-abrasive, it’s OK for your kids to try it.

“Do You Like Your Toothbrush?”

Hand strength and muscle coordination take a few years to develop. It’s possible your child finds it awkward to hold the toothbrush handle, if it is too big or too small. Look for child-sized toothbrushes next time you shop. You can also check out the displays of decorated toothbrushes. You might be surprised at the many to choose from. Some jingle, play music or glow!

“Want to Try Some Technology?”

If your child is a gadget-lover, consider an electric toothbrush. There are child-sized grips and brush heads, and the thrill of electronics can make brushing fun. Many electric toothbrushes have times, so children are encouraged to brush for the full 2 minutes recommended. As a parent, just make sure your child is brushing all of the teeth, and not just running the toothbrush on the front of the front teeth.

Help Your Kids Be Better Brushers

Brushing is vital to good dental health. We can give your children many reasons to brush! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.