The Stress-free Method to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth

The Stress-free Method to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth

By Aviva Patz

The stress-free method to getting kids to brush their teeth. Getting kids to brush their teeth can be like pulling teeth. So how do you make polishing those pearly whites less of a chore — for both of you? “The key to good oral hygiene is to start young and make it fun,” says Judith Post, D.D.S., a dentist in Bloomfield, N.J., adding that it takes just two minutes, twice a day, to build the brushing habit.

Here’s how to make the most of those two minutes for a hassle-free nightly ritual and a healthy, shiny smile for a lifetime.

Kid Teeth-brushing Tip No. 1: Time it right. Instead of brushing just before bed, have your child brush right after dinner or before a favorite television show or story time. “Kids can get really tired at night,” says Post. “Right after dinner, they’re more awake and agreeable, and will probably do a better job.” Just pick a time slot and keep it consistent to solidify the routine: dinner, dessert, brush teeth, Elmo.

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