Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun

Try entertaining your child while brushing

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(HealthDay News) -- Tooth brushing doesn't have to be a boring chore. Turn it into fun time that kids enjoy.

The American Dental Association suggests:

  • Skip the timer and turn on your child's favorite two-minute song. Or read a silly story using fun voices to keep the child entertained.
  • Don't let kids skip brushing teeth, no matter what the day has been like. Make it part of the bedtime routine that isn't negotiable.
  • Create a reward chart and offer praise when your child does a good job brushing teeth. Allow the child to choose a reward, such as selecting a bedtime story.
  • Let your child pick out a fun toothbrush.
  • Brush teeth together!

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