Turn your kids' bathroom into a happy battleground of sorts the next time they need to brush their teeth. Siblings can compete with each other or a parent in the ultimate cavity-fighting competition. Tiffany Gore in Atlanta encourages her twin 3-year-old boys to engage in a little bit of healthy competition every morning and night.
"They love to find and combat the sugar bugs," explains Gore." They compete with each other over how many sugar bugs they destroyed. Whatever works, right?"
To employ this method in your own home, encourage the "battle" and announce the winner at the end of each session. You might even give out a sticker, hand stamp or other small treat to the victor, or simply dispense bragging rights until the next competition. Just make sure that everyone wins sometimes, or the losing player won't find it very fun.
- Ask Dr. Sears. "Teaching Toothbrushing." 2010. (Aug. 22, 2011) http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/child-rearing-and-development/caring-little-teeth/teaching-toothbrushing
- Atari Guide. "Tooth Protectors for the Atari 2600 by DSD/Camelot." 2010. (Aug. 22, 2011) http://www.atariguide.com/2/247.php
- Gore, Tiffany. Personal interview conducted by Alia Hoyt. Aug. 21, 2011.
- Kids Health. "Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy." 2011. (Aug. 22, 2011) http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/teeth/healthy.html#
- Parenting magazine. "Dental Care.". 2010. (Aug. 22, 2011) http://www.parenting.com/article/dental-care?cid=searchresult
When do babies start teething? They actually start developing teeth before they are born. Learn when babies start teething.