7 Tips for Teaching Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Dental Association. 7 Tips for Teaching Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth | Bianca Dottin

Bedtime routines are sacred in our home. Every night after dinner Tatiana heads to the bathroom to brush her teeth. At 6 years old we’ve given her the tools she needs to be independent and brush her teeth alone. It’s what she asked for. Once she got the hang of it, she no longer wanted our help.

But guess what?

Would you believe that the other day I caught her pretending to brush her teeth? I was shocked. Brushing her teeth has always been something that she loves doing but somewhere along the line it turned into a chore for her and it was no longer fun. As moms, we all know how hard it is to get our kids to sleep every night, let alone getting them to brush their teeth. Here are a couple of tips and tricks for teaching your kids to brush their teeth and why their teeth are so important.


7 Tips for Teaching Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth

1. Buy them a fun toothbrush with their favorite characters.

The first thing that we did to kick things into gear was buy Tatiana a new toothbrush that we knew she would love. During our weekly grocery shopping trip, we took a pit stop in the toothbrush aisle and let Tatiana pick out a brush that she wanted. She chose a spin brush, which is even better because sometimes she misses spots.

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2.A flavored toothpaste helps, too.

A toothpaste with fluoride is best for those baby teeth. Tatiana loves grape and mint flavor, so we tried to find a toothpaste with one of those flavors to make her want to brush her teeth. All toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance have fluoride, so you know you’re covered. Once brushing is done, follow up with flossing at least once a day. We like to floss during our nighttime brushing routine.

3. Teach them that “morning and night is the way to do it right.”

Let your kids know that they should be brushing their teeth twice a day to keep them healthy. A good way to keep them on track with brushing twice a day is to brush right alongside them.

4. Make brushing fun.

No kid wants just another chore. Make brushing fun by incorporating music or a timer app that lets kids know if they’ve brushed their teeth for a long enough time or have a dance party with them while they’re brushing their teeth.

5. Take regular trips to see your dentist.

Tatiana loves going to the dentist! Her dentist does a great job at making it fun and reinforcing the importance of brushing her teeth.

6. Remember not to leave anyone hanging.

Allow your kids to think of their teeth as their friends. After all, they’re in this together right? Getting those back teeth is something that they don’t want to forget because more times than not, that is where those cavities like to pop up.

7. Set an example.

What better way to teach your kids to do something than being an example? Show your kids that you know how to take care of your teeth, too. Be an example by brushing twice daily and flossing. Take those regular trips to the dentist and talk to them about it so that they know you visit the dentist, too.

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Teaching your kids the proper way to brush their teeth is crucial, especially during the holidays since sweets are always around. Give these tips and tricks a try the next time you’re giving your morning or nighttime routine a go.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Dental Association.

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  • Reply
    Sheena Steward
    11.29.17 at 2:13 pm

    This is so important! Your tips were awesome. Making it fun so huge for kids. I like the part of not forgetting your friends. That’s a cute way to put it.

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    11.29.17 at 8:40 pm

    These are such great tips! I remember when’s my sister was younger. She had her bubble gum toothpaste and her princess toothbrush we would brush our teeth together. I made it a fun activity that turned into a habit and today as a young teen she’s has beautiful teeth!

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    Crystal Nicole
    11.29.17 at 11:13 pm

    How precious is she! These are all amazing tips, and making sure the kiddos have fun is always important when trying to get them to do mundane, yet equally important tasks like brushing teeth, cleaning, and the dreaded homework!

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    Tom Braun
    11.30.17 at 12:50 pm

    My daughter and I received the Oral-B Finding Dory rechargeable toothbrush free from Oral-B along with a package of replacement brushes, and we absolutely love it. As a parent I love that my daughter can place the toothbrush on the charging stating with ease and not needing any help, I also love the fact that you can download the Disney Magic Timer App for my phone and track her brushing times and if she misses any days. My daughter fell in love with the toothbrush when we opened the box, she loves the Finding Dory pictures on the brushes. My daughter also loves the music that the toothbrush plays when she brushes her teeth she is brushing her teeth longer now. Finally my daughter absolutely loves the padding that is provided on the toothbrush she said “it makes it easier to hold onto the brush when brushing my teeth”. My daughter and I give this tooth brush 2 thumbs up and my daughter says “every kid needs one” and parents you definitely what your child to have one of these brushes it improves their brushing habits greatly.

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    11.30.17 at 2:37 pm

    Great tips for teaching kids to brush their teeth. My niece loves her flavored toothpaste.

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    11.30.17 at 4:23 pm

    The character toothbrush was what did it for my kids. They are older now and still love picking out their specific character toothbrushes.

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    11.30.17 at 7:30 pm

    Love this…I’m in the middle of teaching my 2 year old g-baby the proper way to brush her teeth. She loves it. Of course Ms. Independent loves to be independent in doing so but I guide her. It’s like I’m having a do-over with going through this all over again. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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    Mimi Green
    12.01.17 at 12:34 am

    We are so serious about oral health in my home. Everyone has an electric toothbrush that is a huge part of the battle. We also use the toothbrush timer app. That tells my daughter how long to brush each quadrant of her mouth until she has done so for a full 2 minutes.

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    12.01.17 at 5:39 am

    These are some great tips! It’s so important to teach and incorporate good dental health/hygiene early!

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    12.01.17 at 4:19 pm

    I dont have kids yet but these are great tips for parents. I think an electric toothbrush would be helpful for better oral health.

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    12.03.17 at 3:56 am

    These are all great tips to make dental care fun for little ones. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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    Katherine G
    12.03.17 at 2:07 pm

    These are some great tips. It’s essential to have great brushing habits. Sometimes I have my kids use a timer to make sure they brush their teeth as long as they need to.

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    12.06.17 at 4:29 am

    I’m gonna try some of these tips with my kids. My son has been caught fake brushing multiple times and I know it’s because it feels like another chore to him too.

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      Bianca Dottin
      12.06.17 at 10:29 pm

      Yes, that’s exactly why! The app helps to make it fun for them.

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    12.06.17 at 3:30 pm

    These are all great tips. I remember my mom singing me a song as I brushed. Good dental hygiene starts early.

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