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There is no denying the importance of regular teeth brushing and oral hygiene in building a happy, healthy, and vibrant future. But are your kids familiar with those benefits? Chances are that your children, like all the children in the world, do not possess a natural propensity for personal hygiene, rather you need to educate and train them on its importance and the best ways they can make it an inviolable part of their daily lives.
Teaching new values and habits to your kids is not an easy task, so here are the best tried and tested tips you can follow to motivate kids to brush their teeth while making it a fun and enjoyable experience.
Kids love their role models, they need them, and they shape their little minds, beliefs, and values according to positive or negative examples they meet. While Captain America definitely should be your kid’s role model, so should your conduct and voice be their guiding star, aimed at inspiring them to do good, and want to be more like you with every passing day.
Kid’s learn by example, and you can easily instill the importance and benefits of regular teeth brushing if you let them see you brushing your teeth and showing them your own pearly whites.
Secondly, a child’s mind lives in an endless fairytale of fun and adventure, and you want to use this mindset to your advantage before life and social norms come into play, and start shaping their beliefs with hard facts and preconceived notions of right or wrong.
Take matters into your own hands and make the entire process of teeth brushing a fun game. No matter if your child loves playing with Barbie dolls or dinosaurs, you can portray to them the importance of keeping their dolls’ teeth clean and how they too should follow the example of their favorite imaginary friends.
Speaking of practice, there is no better way to instill some good habits than with good old repetition. Make sure you accompany your child into the bathroom and monitor them brushing their teeth on their own, correcting their technique when necessary and answering any questions they might have. By doing this, you will easily and quickly teach them how to make it a daily habit.
All habits require a schedule in order to stay on track and to avoid the risk of deviating from your goals. If your goal is for your child to make regular teeth brushing a priority and a necessity, you should impose a strict schedule for them to follow, brushing their teeth twice a day for maximum effect. You can hang their “brushing” schedule next to their bed or somewhere they can easily see it, in order to remind them that it’s time to give their pearly whites a thorough polish.
There is no better way to make the entire process as fun and rewarding as possible than making it a family activity. Not only will your children feel keener on brushing their teeth with everyone else, but you will also impose a healthy habit on your entire family, ensuring their oral hygiene is on track – it’s a win-win!
Finally, a child learns from encouragement. If you want to motivate the little devils to love and take pride in brushing their teeth, you need to encourage them every chance you get. If you are satisfied with their technique and their brushing frequency, be sure to praise them.
On the other hand, rather than scolding them which will have an adverse effect, be sure to take the time to explain the importance of brushing regularly and repeat the steps.
Oral hygiene cannot only be fun, but more importantly, it is rewarding and it sets the stage for a happy and vibrant future. Fortunately, you can instill these values into the hearts and minds of your younglings with ease by following these guidelines to a pearly and healthy smile.