If you have a child who loves brushing, congratulations! You are the envy of many parents/caregivers! But some kids really do not enjoy brushing. There are a few reasons:

  • They dislike the taste of mint toothpaste.
  • They are growing up. If you ask them to brush they will say no just to push the boundaries.
  • If they have sore teeth or sore gums, brushing can be very painful so they will avoid it altogether.
  • It is boring.

Some solutions to the above are:

  • There are alternatives to mint! Colgate sells a fruit or strawberry flavour, Oral B has a berry flavour and Piksters sell a vanilla flavour. Some of these are available at Chemist Warehouse.
  • If your child wants to do it themselves, let them. Just tell them you’ll put the “final shine” on and make sure you quickly brush all the surfaces that they missed.
  • If you suspect your child has a sore tooth or sore gums, take them to a dentist immediately. It might be the start of a bigger problem. 
  • Sing a song, play a toothbrushing game or tell them a funny story while you help them brush their teeth. Try to make it fun!

Make sure they see you brushing and flossing your own teeth. Kids will copy their parents/caregivers and if you have good habits, so will they.