According to the CDC, tooth decay in American children is five times more prevalent than child diabetes. Some studies even link the two diseases, making one more likely if the other one is present. While good eating habits can go a long way towards preventing both cases, proper brushing habits are essential as well. And the younger you can start your little brushers, the better. Here are some hand...
Kids fill their family’s lives with joy with their precociousness, their charm and their curiosity. But if there’s one thing a child is not, that would be hygienic. Everyone needs to be taught how to take care of their bodies when they’re young, which includes not only proper potty training, but also how to bathe and how to brush their teeth. Proper oral hygiene can prevent cavities, and prevent tooth decay. This not only means less for parents in dentist bills, but more importantly a happier, healthier future for kids.
According to an interview with Dr. Sears, a children’s dentist, on Parenting.com, children are motivated not by concerns for the health, but by fun games. This makes it hard for kids to understand the importance of brushing their teeth. The good news is that parents can use this to their advantage! Making proper dental hygiene into a game, which eventually becomes a habit, might be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one with the right strategies.
Canadian Living, a digital publication for parents, spoke with dental hygienist Kim Czerwonka who says that parents can use brush your teeth games to get children to practice effective dental hygiene. There are many different brush your teeth games, like a bubble contest, where whoever makes the most bubbles when brushing is the winner. Czerwonka says that bubbles “means they’re brushing well.”
Apart from brush your teeth games, parents can also utilize brush your teeth rhymes, which can also make sure that children brush for the proper amount of time. One effective nursery rhyme is set to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. It goes, “Brush brush, brush your teeth. Brush it every day! Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Brush it every day!”
Using fun as a motivator for kids is the key way to get them to brush their teeth. Parents can use brush your teeth games and nursery rhymes as effective strategies to help their kids’ have bright, healthy smiles. If you have any other brush your teeth games or rhymes, please share in the comments! What were some of the brush your teeth games your parents might have played with you?