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Getting Your Children to Brush Their Teeth

With Halloween over and more sweet holidays on the way, make sure your kids are brushing their teeth every day. We’ve had great success getting our children to brush regularly and without a fight. Here are some things to try:

  • Make sure they see YOU brushing and flossing every day. They will WANT to do what you are doing.
  • Make a deal with them: “Mommy or Daddy brushes your teeth at night, and you can brush them in them morning.” Stick to that rule. They will feel like they are in charge, and you will be getting their teeth clean when it is most important.
  • Take their toothbrush and toothpaste on trips.
  • Tell them about “cavity bugs” or “sugar bugs” that will eat their teeth. We say, “Brush the bugs all out of there, and spit them down the drain!” It can actually be pretty fun.
  • Make it a part of their bedtime ritual–e.g. brush teeth, use potty, read story, then bed. Something like that!