Please tell me I’m not alone in this! The most hated activity in our house? Tooth brushing!
For no apparent reason Minki’s hates to brush her teeth. So hubby needs to hold her real tight and basically force brush her teeth. I hate all the screaming accompanying the brushing, run out of the bathroom and hide in the kitchen until its quiet. Back in the bathroom Minki is still sobbing, hubby is frowning and I’m on the verge of tears myself – basically we are all in a bad mood.
And all of this for what???
According to Colgate.com tooth decay isn’t a problem that affects only adults. Toddler tooth decay is a concern for parents because 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11 develop a cavity in their primary teeth and nearly 28 percent of children ages 2 to 5 develop at least one cavity.
Not to make you feel (more) guilty, but it’s your responsibility (as the parent), to instil the daily routine of brushing kiddo’s teeth at a young age, even if it’s difficult, or rather impossible, to achieve.
Why is tooth brushing so important?
Think of your mouth as the doorway to the rest of you. Bacteria developing there can invade other systems in your body. The daily routine of brushing one’s teeth is essential to overall health.
Brush your teeth = better health.
Kids can be mean. (I’ve been a teacher for 9 years and have seen it all)… Not brushing kiddo’s teeth can lead to tooth decay. Besides serious health issues, your kid will be mocked. Unfortunately a fact.
Bad breath… Need I say more?
Ways to motivate kiddo to brush their teeth:
Let kiddo pick a toothbrush – you can choose any one you like? Loved picking out her pink toothbrush, still hates brushing
Choose child friendly toothpaste – surely the colours and flavour will do the trick? Nope. Sorry Aquafresh!
Wrapping it as a gift – this might seem desperate but please no judgement! My reasoning is simple: She loves gifts. So if the toothbrush and toothpaste are giftwrapped she will love (and use it)
Reward chart – If you brush for 2 minutes you get a sticker. If you get 10 stickers you get a reward. Great plan on paper. Not so much in the bathroom…
Play tooth brushing games…”Oh my word! Look at poor bunny’s teeth, lets help him brush it!” The things we would do for our kids
Read tooth brushing stories… In a land far far away there once lived a little girl… who didn’t brush her teeth. Minki’s commentary: “Sy is baie stout!
Brushing together – let’s make brushing a fun family affair. No? At least my teeth are cleaner then they have ever been…
According to my dentist we need to:
Brush at least twice a day.
Brush for 2 minutes.
Floss your teeth.
Brush your tongue.
Sounds easy? Now I just need to find a way to convince kiddo…
Let me know your best #toothbrushingisfun plan?
Helene (& Minki)