Build Healthy Teeth Brushing Habits for Your Children, Making Brush Teeth Fun
Build Healthy Teeth Brushing Habits for Your Children, Making Brush Teeth Fun. Learn everything you need to know about kid oral dental and by reading our blog.
"My child won't clean their teeth!" We hear from parents all the time. It doesn't matter how much your children dislike it. They have to do it. If they don't brush their teeth, plaque will develop up rapidly, causing cavities, which can cause even more problems for them.
How to solve the problem of "children hate brushing their teeth", let us do an analysis by step.
Why Do My Kids Hate Brushing Their Teeth
Improper way of brushing teeth
When toddlers brush their teeth for the first time, they have no knowledge how to brush their teeth properly. Every area of their mouth could be hit by the toothbrush. When the sensory nerve ending is touched by the toothbrush, a nerve impulse goes to their sensory neuron which carries the muscle to contract, thus, the gag reflex. If the toddlers has the gag reflex multiple times during the brushing process, it will cause the toddlers to hate brushing. Therefore, when they brush their teeth for the first time, parents need to teach their toddlers the correct way to brush their teeth.
Dislike the taste of toothpaste
For children, the original taste of toothpaste is really difficult to attract them. They may not like the taste of the toothpaste parent are using, which is why it’s always a good idea to ask if they’d like to try another flavor. Then, let them pick out the type they think they’d like. But when they get the toothpaste they like, parents should be careful not to let their children swallow toothpaste for a long time. Fluoride poisoning can be caused by swallowing toothpaste for long periods of time.
Dislike the sound of electric toothbrushes
Some children, particularly sound-sensitive children, dislike the noise made by electric toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes make it difficult for them to concentrate. It's probably a good idea to choose with the quietest electric toothbrush.
Not developing brushing habits
When children start brushing their teeth, they don't have perfect oral hygiene knowledge. They don't know the purpose of brushing; they don't know the right time to brush; they don't know how long to brush and think it's boring. This will cause them to fail to establish brushing habits, and when the right time to brush their teeth comes, they may be distracted by toys, games, and eating.
How to Get Your Kids to Develop Healthy Brushing Habits
- Children's oral hygiene knowledge acquisition is incomplete. They simply emulate adult behavior and are unaware of the reason. Parents should teach their children about oral hygiene and explain "why to protect oral hygiene.” So children might develop the habit of brushing their teeth more effortlessly while acquiring knowledge.
- Holding a toy in particular will provide your children with some calming sense and tactile sensations. This can also become a routine for you. They may even have their own tooth brushing toy that hangs from the bathroom mirror!
- Stand behind them and brush together, you set an example for your children if you stand behind and lean around them to brush their teeth. More importantly, it gives kids a sense of security when they can lean back into you if the sensations of tooth brushing cause them irritation.
- When your children brushing, take them in front of the mirror. If necessary, use a step stool. Instead of feeling the feelings blindly, your children can see what you're doing.
- Set a schedule: Parent should make a simple one that includes some of these suggestions. An example of a teeth brushing routine is as follows:
- After a bath and before reading books, brush their teeth every night.
- 10 minutes before you begin, remind your children that you will clean their teeth.
- Give them their toy to hold and lead them to the sink so they can look in the mirror.
- With one hand on their shoulder, stand behind them.
Make it to fit your children. Your children will be much more obedient if they know what to expect. Of course, a visual schedule can help children who aren't vocal or have special needs grasp the steps in the routine.
- If your children have trouble standing still for tooth brushing, you may try some sensory exercises first before brushing their teeth. You can let them get their energy out by jumping on a trampoline or running about in the backyard, anywhere before cleaning their teeth.