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Brush ’em, brush ’em, brush ’em

April 24, 2009

How do you get kids to brush their teeth?   For some parents, it’s next to impossible to get a kid to brush their teeth.  For others, it’s quite simple.  Here are a few ways to get your kid to start brushing away:

  • You’re a big kid now. If they have an older sibling, you should have no problem.  They see the older sibling as a big kid, and they want to be a big kid, too.  Even if that means brushing their teeth.
  • Gear them up. Is your son into superheroes?  Get him a Superman toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Make it a fun, rewarding experience. Make a calendar and let them put a sticker on every day they brush.   Find a kid-friendly song that’s fun to sing, but also tutorial for the child.
  • If all else fails, instill fear. Infamous blogger Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com told her daughter at the dentist, “If you don’t let them clean your teeth they are all going to fall out. And then you won’t be able to talk. And then you’ll die homeless.”

How old should they be when they first start brushing?  As soon as teeth appear, most experts say, or even before that.  Flossing should begin as soon as two teeth have grown in next to each other.

It wouldn’t be a post by MP if I didn’t include some videos.

Here’s a Dad video-taping his kids during their nightly ritual of brushing their teeth:

Crawford the Cat in a tutorial video about brushing and flossing.  He uses an hourglass to time his brushing. 

“Kids Just Love to Brush”  from our friends at Sesame Street

And, of course, the infamous David After Dentist video.

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