Tooth Brushing Techniques
Hero Wisdom For Getting Your Kids To Brush & Floss:
Turn Toothbrushing Time Into a Game!
Whether you’re 6 or 66, dentists recommend brushing teeth twice a day, for two minutes at a time. That’s because studies show that the longer you brush, the more plaque you remove. Try one of these creative games to help them meet the two-minute mark:
- Brush during commercial break. During each 30-second commercial, have your child brush a quadrant of their mouth. By the time they’re done, Kennerly says, their show is back on. Just remember to turn off the TV at least a half hour before bedtime to ensure a good night’s sleep.
- Set a timer. Overturn an egg timer filled with colorful sand, and challenge them to keep brushing until all the sand has reached the bottom. Or buy your child a toothbrush that blinks or plays music for two minutes.
- Play their favorite song. The free app Brush DJ plays tunes in your library for two minutes and – bonus – lets you set reminders to brush twice a day, floss, use a mouthwash, and visit the dentist.
- Offer incentives. What kid doesn’t want to stay up a few minutes later at bedtime or be in charge of choosing the next movie for family night? Consider offering a simple reward or creating a rewards chart to encourage your little one to brush their pearly whites for two minutes. Don’t forget to praise them afterward for their amazing technique or super sparkly teeth.
- Choose the right tools. From our Smile Defender Toothbrushes, to fun flosses - having dental care items that are not only fun, but sized to fit into littler hands makes the job easy!
- Partner Up! Brushing will come easier than flossing for most children, it's a good idea for parents to supervise the brushing process and assist with flossing until you are satisfied that your child is doing a great job. Even then, they will need your help remembering to brush and floss!
- Make a chart! Use stickers or fun markers to help kids keep track of their brushing and flossing!