How to Make Brushing Fun!

By July 13, 2020Blog

If you are struggling to get your child to love brushing, you are not alone! Many parents know the challenge of making brushing an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. We wanted to give you ideas on some fun ways to get your child into brushing their teeth and maybe even love it! 😉

  1. Get them involved:
    • Let them pick the toothbrush: You don’t want a brush head that is too large for a little mouth, so picking the right size is key to successful at-home brushing. We recommend you find a few in the right size and let your child pick the color/design/character.
    • Let them pick a toothpaste flavor: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends using fluoride toothpaste at the sight of the first erupted tooth. There are many brands of toothpaste so you want to look for the ones that contain fluoride like Crest, Colgate and Act. Brands like Hello and Tom’s of Maine are generally fluoride-free so make sure you’re reading the label.
  2. Download FREE Tooth Brushing Applications:
    • Delta Dental put out the list below with a brief explanation of each:
      • Brush DJ (AndroidiOS) – This award-winning app makes brushing teeth fun. The app allows you to choose the music you want to play for the recommended two-minute brush time, so you and your kids know exactly when to stop brushing. Added features include videos on how to properly floss your teeth, and reminders for your next dentist visit.
      • Brush Up (AndroidiOS) – This app uses your phone’s camera as a “virtual mirror” so kids can watch themselves and a video teaching them how to brush simultaneously, while they are brushing. When your kids are done, the video is captured of their brushing and they can earn rewards for proper brushing technique.
      • Toothsavers (iOS) – With a fairytale storyline, this app gives kids the incentive to save the game’s kingdom by removing a cavity-casting spell. This app is helpful for children who have a difficult time brushing their teeth for the full two minutes.
      • Brusheez Little Monsters (iOS) – Kids start the app by playing with the Little Monsters before brushing begins. The Little Monster characters will then guide your kids through brushing their teeth with music and a two-minute timer.
      • Brush Teeth with The Wiggles (AndroidiOS) – This app is great for the youngest of brushers. It features a video of the Wiggles characters and other kids brushing to keep kids motivated to their own brushing. It also features a timer, and the ability to add more kids so that each child can earn their own rewards.
  3. Youtube Videos:
    • Youtube is full of content regarding tooth brushing. We’ve listed a few common characters that we know our patients love but you can find just about any character. Some of the videos also include a two minute timer so bringing the tablet/iPad into the bathroom during times of brushing can sometimes help.
  4. Brush with them:
    • For some kids, talking something up in a positive tone and making an event out of it can be really helpful.
    • We recommend alongside the AAPD, that kids have help by their parent with brushing until they are old enough to tie their own shoes successfully. The “you go first and then mommy/daddy will finish,” is a good way to allow them some independence while also ensuring they get a good cleaning. It may even be fun if you brush your own teeth at the same time so they see that it’s something everyone does.

These are just some of the ways you can make brushing fun! Let us know if you have any other methods that work! We love hearing what motivates your kids as it may help another parent struggling with the same thing. 🙂

 

Resources:

https://www.hawaiidentalserviceblog.com/2020/02/tooth-brushing-app-for-kids/