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If you fight the battle of the brush every night before your child goes to bed, here are some tips that might make things a little more peaceful when it is time for your kids to clean their teeth.

Try getting your kids more involved in the process. There are toothpastes available in all sorts of colors, flavors, and containers that appeal to kids. As long as the toothpaste contains fluoride and has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, your child’s selection should be fine. You can also let them select their own toothbrush. Using a toothbrush in the shape of a cartoon character or superhero may help get your child excited about brushing.

Buy a spare toothbrush, and let your child practice brushing on a stuffed animal or toy. Have them brush the ‘teeth” of the toy and use this as an opportunity to teach them proper brushing technique.

Learn some songs about brushing, and sing them when it is time for your child to brush at night. Since it takes about two minutes to brush your teeth, have a song that you can sing with your younger kids that lasts about two minutes to get them in the habit of spending enough time at the sink.

Setting a good example is very important. If your children see you brushing and flossing, they will follow your example. Why not make brushing your teeth something that you and your child do together each night?

If you are looking for a family dentist, Dr. Wallace Lunden would love to meet you and your family. If you live in the Richfield, Minnesota, area, call 612-866-7000 today to schedule an appointment at Cedar Point Dentistry.