6 Ways to Get Your Kids to WANT to Brush Their Teeth

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6 Ways to Get Your Kids to WANT to Brush Their Teeth

Getting your kids to brush their teeth–let alone to WANT to brush their teeth–can be a major headache. You’re already trying to get them to pick up their room, take a bath, and go to sleep. This is why some parents skip the extra drama and allow their kids to swish and spit or even skip the brushing all together. “They’re just baby teeth. They’ll fall out anyway, right?” Yes, but really no. Here’s why that’s not a good idea . . .

  1. Your child will experience tooth decay, which can cause your baby’s teeth to fall out too early. This then causes their permanent teeth to move into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when it’s their turn to surface.
  2. Cavities. They are painful for your child to experience, and painful for your wallet, too. People may not think that cavities in baby teeth are a big deal, but they can have long-term effects on your child’s oral health and well-being.
  3. By not taking care of baby teeth, you are also not caring for their gums which stay with them forever. That’s kind of a big deal. If the gums and site of the tooth growth are not well cared for, this will impact the growth and health of adult teeth. It can also cause teeth to grow in crooked. That then means a much, much higher need for braces.

Essentially, unhealthy baby teeth will lead to unhealthy adult teeth. This is why proper oral hygiene is so important as soon as your baby is born. Now that we understand why we need to take care of those baby pearly whites, how can we get our kids to want and enjoy brushing their teeth? We’ve discovered a company that can help with that, and are sharing six creative parenting ideas to get your kids excited about brushing their teeth.

1. Get Them a Fun & Special Toothbrush

A boring, normal toothbrush usually doesn’t get kids very excited about brushing. Telling them that you are getting them a cool toothbrush made just for them–big kids only–will peak their interests a lot more. 🙂 Baby Buddy makes it easy by designing an oral care kit that covers every age.

Step 1: Tooth Tissues – can be used from birth to 16 months.

Tooth Tissues® are certified natural oral wipes that helps parents start on the path. The best part? They are natural, giving parents peace of mind when they use them daily. Tooth Tissues® are bamboo wipes that are bubble-gum flavored and fluoride and paraben free!

Step 2: The Finger Toothbrush – perfect for 3 months through 18 months of age.

Pediatric dentists recommend cleaning your baby’s gums–even before the first tooth appears–with a soft infant toothbrush and water. Properly cleaning teeth and gums helps remove sugar and bacteria that can lead to future decay. This also features a textured side for massaging those tender gums!

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Step 3: Wipe-N-Brush – for ages 4 months through 16 months.

For parental use once new teeth come in until first molars come in around 16 months.

Step 4: Baby’s First Toothbrush – recommended from 4 months through 8 years of age.

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

Step 5: Brilliant Baby Toothbrush – for ages 4 months to 12 years that easily clean those hard-to-reach places where food and plaque can build up and cause cavities and other oral problems.

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

Step 6: 360 Toothbrush – for ages two through 12 years old.

The world’s first 360˚ designed toothbrush with 10,000 micro fine bristles offers softer, more effective cleaning than the average toothbrush. For parental use and/or parental supervision of toddlers and adolescents to clean teeth, gums, and tongue.

They even have a Sonic 360 Toothbrush for kids three to eight years old. If your child is wanting a grown up brush like yours, they will love this brush! The super-soft bristles and gentle sonic vibration create fizzy water bubbles that clean your child’s teeth and gums with ease. It also lights up and buzzes for two minutes so that your child knows how long to brush for a healthy smile. It’s a family favorite!

getting your kids to want to brush their teeth

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

Having a toothbrush made specifically for your child for their age range makes brushing easier and much more effective. Explain to them that they have a special toothbrush. It will make your child feel like he/she is becoming a big kid. 🙂

2. Brush Your Teeth with Them

Little ones want to be just their their mommy or daddy. This is why they like to watch you put on your makeup in the morning or shave your face. They are little sponges and naturally want to copy you because they want to be like just like you. Take advantage of this time and lead by example. Show them how you brush your teeth and tell them why it’s important. If you’re expecting like I am, Baby Buddy even has a sensitive toothbrush for expecting moms!

sensitive toothbrush for expecting moms

sensitive toothbrush for expecting moms

sensitive toothbrush for expecting moms

sensitive toothbrush for expecting moms

3. Try a New Toothpaste

The taste of toothpaste can really turn your child off from brushing. Their little palettes aren’t ready or wanting the traditional mint flavor. Boring! Find a flavor and a brand that has quality ingredients that will take good care of your baby’s teeth but also taste good. This strawberry-banana paste has been a big hit!

4. Set up a Rewards System

First of all, I’m not saying that you should pay your kids to brush their teeth. No, that’s not what I’m suggesting at all. What I am suggesting is setting up a rewards system for their dental care. Maybe you can create a tooth-brushing calendar and they get a sticker for every time they brush their teeth. Or maybe your child will get to stay up an extra 30 minutes if he brushes his teeth every day, twice a day for a week. Maybe 30 days of constant brushing will lead to a big prize. It’s completely up to you. Children do respond well to positive reinforcement so a reward after completion could be just the trick for your family!

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

5. Make a Game Out of Brushing Teeth

For some reason whenever there is a race, a dare or a contest kids become much more interested in the activity and want to win! Making oral health a fun game! It’s a great way for them to get involved. Here are two ideas:

  1. Do a contest to see “who can brush their teeth better.” Brush right next to them and see how they do. Just be careful that they aren’t brushing too vigorously since this can cause gum damage.
  2. Set a timer on your phone to two minutes and see which of your children can brush their teeth the longest. (Dentists say that proper tooth-brushing needs to be a full two minutes.) If one or both of them give up before the two minute timer goes off, they don’t get a sticker on their tooth-brushing calendar.

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

6. Tell Them a Story

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

One easy and fun way to encourage brushing is to tell a story. Baby Buddy has this great book called Sugar Bugs that introduces the importance of dental care in a fun and playful way. It tells a story about a boy named Robbie who befriends a sugar bug family, the Mutans, who move into his mouth. The Mutans love the sweets that Robbie eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but as the Mutans eat more and more the of the junk food he never brushes away, Robbie sees that the Mutans aren’t such great friends after all. He then discovers the amazing instruments used to clean teeth and the three rules to stop another family like the Mutans from moving back in. Your kids can fight off the Mutans too! (Just be careful not to scare your child into believing that his mouth is crawling with bugs–that could be traumatic for some kids!)

With the book’s light-hearted, engaging illustrations and dental friendly language, it’s a perfect introduction for children to discover the importance of taking care of their teeth.

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

how to get your kids to brush their teeth

Getting children to brush their teeth can be a chore, but we’ve found it to be a lot easier and more fun with these tips and by using these Baby Buddy products. So cheers to healthier and brighter smiles!

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Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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Dad giving a bottle to his baby, and a bottle to his baby, and a bottle to his baby. 🍼😂 We love dads!!⁠
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Cheers to the good fathers. Today is your day. We Cheers to the good fathers. Today is your day. We don't thank you enough for everything you do every day for your family. You are appreciated more than you know by your partners and children. We hope today you feel that love and gratitude.⁠
Happy Father's Day! 💙
Happy Father's Day 💙 Sending love to anyone who Happy Father's Day 💙 Sending love to anyone who needs it today. ⁠💕⁠
📷: @gmf.designs
From the moment I knew of you, I loved you.⁠ Fro From the moment I knew of you, I loved you.⁠
From the moment I met you, I would die for you.⁠
Being your father is the greatest joy yet heaviest duty.⁠
From your first breath to my last, may you always know my unending devotion and love for you. ❤️⁠
📷: @monetnicolebirths
"I have a hero. I call him Dad."⁠ Dads. They are "I have a hero. I call him Dad."⁠
Dads. They are our superheroes. ❤️ How are you going to celebrate the Dads in your life that you love and appreciate this weekend?⁠
📸: @masseya
If that ain't the truth. 💙 Shout out to all the If that ain't the truth. 💙 Shout out to all the great dads out there! Your time, attention, and love is creating a better world. 🌎💕⁠ We hope you have a wonderful Father's Day weekend!⁠
📷: @hallmarkbaby
I know that we have been quarantined with our fami I know that we have been quarantined with our families for a long time. But remember . . . this time with our kids is temporary. These moments right now that we are creating with our kids will be what they remember as their childhood. Plan a picnic in the backyard. Have a family talent show. Make snow cones. Go "camping" and count the stars at night in the back of your truck. But most of all, savor these moments. 💕
16 Playful Accessories to Add to Your Mom Wardrobe 16 Playful Accessories to Add to Your Mom Wardrobe⁠
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As moms, we don't always have the time to put together a cute outfit before leaving the house. And if you're like me, you're wearing a lot of athleisure looks. 😂 There's no shame in that! 😉 But if you're wanting to step up your style a bit more, I recommend leaving out your outfit the night before. This will cut down on wasted time in the mornings. If that doesn't sound like something that will work for you, another easy way to add some fun to your look is by wearing some playful accessories. A cute bag, sunglasses, bracelets, or a hat can really elevate and make your whole ensemble. Here are 16 playful accessories that we think should be added to your "mom wardrobe." {Click 🔗 in bio to see all of the items!⁠ 😍}⁠