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Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Your Kids

It can sometimes be a challenge to explain your child the importance of oral hygiene. Here are a few fun ways through which you can help them make brushing their teeth a fun time of the day, and something to look forward towards!

Fun Toothbrush

The toothbrush is central to the brushing experience. You can get a variety of kid friendly toothbrushes today, ranging from ones with characters on them, ones that play music, colourful ones, or even ones that glow in the dark! If it has soft bristles, and holds your child's attention, it'll work.

Fun Toothbrush

There are many fun toothpastes available in different colors, flavours, ones with sparkles or stars - anything you or your child could imagine. Just make sure the toothpaste contains fluoride that will help protect their teeth!

Activities

There are many fun activities that could be incorporated around tooth brushing. You could get tooth related coloring books, or read kids' books about oral hygiene. When it comes time to brushing teeth, you could make up a song or count how many teeth you've cleaned. This will ensure that brushing is something your child will associate with positivity and fun thoughts.

Routine

Set times in the morning and evening that are allocated for brushing teeth. Kids benefit greatly from routine, and this will incorporate good oral hygiene into their days.

Rewards

Positive reinforcement could help make a habit out of oral hygiene. A good way to achieve this is through a sticker system - give your child a sticker for brushing their teeth on time, or for brushing for 2 minutes every day. Once they have 5 stickers, you could give them a prize!

Timer

Making sure your child brushes for 2 minutes is important! You can help them keep track of time by playing a song for 2 minutes, or even getting them an hourglass, which they can flip over and keep an eye on.

If you have any questions about infant oral care, don't hesitate to contact our children's dental office!

Infant oral care tips - Toronto Children's Dentist