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Does your child give you a hard time when you ask them to brush their teeth? If so, you’re not alone. There are many kids in the world that give their parents a hard time when they’re asked to brush. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case if you don’t want it to be. There are things you can do to motivate your child to brush, and Dr. Scott Elrod is happy to tell you about them.

First, take your child to the store and let them pick a new toothbrush. A new brush might motivate them to clean their teeth, especially if they pick a brush that has their favorite cartoon character, is electric or plays music while brushing. You can also have them select their favorite toothpaste if this will help the situation.

Second, tell your child the truth about a dirty smile. Explain that there are little bugs on the teeth that hurt the teeth and gums. If they don’t brush, those bugs can put holes in the teeth and irritate the gums. However, if they brush twice a day, their brush will be the superhero that saves their smile.

Third, talk to your child about their favorite candy. Explain that because the candy has so much sugar, they need to brush twice a day if they want to eat that candy. If you use this philosophy (If you do this, then you must do that), then children likely understand.

To learn more about how to motivate your child to brush their teeth in Lake Jackson, Texas, please call Distinctive Dental Services at 979-297-0337. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with our dentist if you continue to have a hard time motivating your child. Our dentist might be able to talk to your child and convince them. We look forward to helping you!