When it comes to getting the Mini Mes ready for the day, or for bed, they like to drag their heels a little when it comes to brushing their teeth. They find those 2 minutes twice a day quite boring and I'll admit it's not particularly exciting, but it is very important.
Survey results of 1,000 members of Netmums by Aquafresh show that I'm not alone:
12% of parents surveyed spend three days a year getting their kids to brush their teeth
12% of parents are most worried about teeth brushing when it comes to their kids
14% say their children hate tooth-brushing
13% use some form of bribery to get their children to brush their teeth
So how can we encourage our children to brush their teeth?
Hopefully my tips will help...
- Play a song for two minutes to drown out the silence and make toothbrushing more fun
- Purchase brushes with their favourite characters on
- Brush yours at the same time - kids like to mimic others
- Praise your kids when they do well or use a reward chart
- Let them pretend to brush their teddy/doll's teeth afterwards
- Use plaque disclosing tablets or fluid which will show your children why they need to brush their teeth
The Aquafresh 'My Big Teeth' range is aimed at children aged 6 years and over to give them some independence when it comes to oral health. The range includes both mint and fruity mouthwashes to suit different tastes, funky toothbrushes to aid the transition from baby versions to adult ones and toothpaste which has been designed especially for mouths with gaps and gums on display.
It may be worth getting some if your children need a little encouragement when it comes to brushing their teeth!
How do you encourage tooth-brushing?