How to Make Brushing Fun for Kids

Most think they know why it’s important for proper, daily tooth brushing, but very few understand that clean teeth and healthy gums can protect against a number of general, even life-threating health problems. That is why it’s so important for good oral hygiene to be established as a child. This will reduce the risk of developing cavities or gum disease throughout their life. As most parents know, this can be easier said then done. Brushing teeth is not usually a child’s favorite thing to do.

Here are a few ideas on how to make brushing their teeth fun.

Books and Videos
Find educational videos online or grab a book about healthy teeth. Finding child-friendly resources make learning more relatable and engaging.

Brush and floss together

Kids are master copiers, they are always mimicking their parents. Setting a good example by brushing and flossing alongside your child can help make it more fun. Demonstrate proper techniques first, then turn it into a time of bonding. As they begin to get better, let them take the lead and develop their skills even further.

Special toothbrush and toothpaste

Make toothbrush time, playtime. When you allow your child to use a fun and colorful toothbrush with their favorite character it allows brushing to be more fun. If you do look for more kid-friendly toothpastes be sure to check for fluoride and proper dosages.

Gold stars

Similarly to the classroom, reward systems are a proved system to work. Create a personalized brushing chart, and celebrate milestones. Having a visual tracker helps keep it front of mind, and allows them to keep their motivation. 

Dentist visit surprise

Dental checkups in Sandy Springs can be nerve-wracking for kids. Turning a dental checkup into a positive experience by pairing it with a special treat. (Not sugar) A fun trip to the park, a picnic or something fun will help ease anxiety.

All of these tips, help reinforce good habits. Making oral hygiene fun and rewarding from a young age, you’re setting your child on the path to a health and happy smile for years to come. Dr. Choy, a dentist with 16+ years of experience in Atlanta, brings a gentle touch, thoughtful care, and a cheerful personality to your dental visit. Her expertise and calming demeanor will ensure a comfortable experience.


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April 16, 2024

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