Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


How to Get Your Child to Brush Their Teeth


As our dentists in Garden Grove will tell just about any patient, the easiest way to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime is pretty darn simple: take care of them. And while that might seem vague, it’s really not. It’s actually really simple – and it all starts with brushing.

But what do you if you can’t get your kid(s) to brush (we won’t even start on flossing yet)? The thing is – it’s a habit. If you have a 9 or 1 0 year old that won’t brush their teeth, there’s a good chance they didn’t make brushing a habit when they were 9, 8, 7, or 5 years old for that matter.

Fortunately, though – if you have a child that refuses to brush their teeth, you have. And it’s definitely a lot better than being stuck with the numerous dental problems an adult would have after neglecting brushing for so many years.

Our tip: change the entire conversation around oral hygiene in your home. But how?

Try Data

People love tracking their progress with anything. Kids are no different. Take some pictures of your kid’s teeth and show them what they look like over time. Brushing and flossing (combined with a healthy diet) will only make teeth cleaner and brighter, and tracking progress should help give your children a new perspective and a personal stake in their dental health.

Try Positive Reinforcement

Easy right? All it takes is a nice word or two (every once in  a while)

“Your teeth look so shiny!”

“Look at those pearly whites!”

“What amazing teeth you have!”

Positive feedback can encourage your kids to actively want more. In this case, that requires keeping up with their oral hygiene.

Call for help

This doesn’t need to be complicated, and it shouldn’t be a fight. But sometimes – you need to call in the “big guns” and in this case, that means your local family dentist. Sometimes, kids just won’t listen to their parents. We get it! But when it’s not just mom or dad telling them their teeth are going to fall out – a few carefully chosen words (and sometimes even photos) by your dentist can go a long way.


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