Some teens refuse to brush their teeth out of rebellion. Others choose not to because of a lack of interest in hygiene or the fact they never really were taught the right way to take care of their mouths. Some are just plain lazy. Whatever the reason, it’s important to do whatever you can to encourage the practice, without sounding overly demanding.
I find even teens will be eating more sugary treats this time of year. So now is as good of time as any to refresh good oral hygiene tips with them. I know my teens love to get me to buy extra Halloween treats so they can enjoy them as well.
Here are 5 Tips to Encourage Teens to Brush Their Teeth this Halloween
Explain the Consequences
One of the first things to try is simply explaining the consequences of not brushing your teeth. Long-term it can lead to cavities, gum-related surgery and tooth loss. Believe it or not, the worst-case scenario is heart disease. Short-term effects include things like plaque build-up, bad breath and yellow teeth.
Try a Different Type of Toothpaste and/or Toothbrush
It’s possible that your teen may be experiencing some sort of sensory issue or simply doesn’t like the taste of the toothpaste you buy. Providing a different toothbrush and/or toothpaste just may do the trick. A toothpaste made for sensitive teeth is recommended. I find providing my teens with an electric toothbrush encourages them to brush more frequently. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean retails for $240 which is way below any dental visit.
Implement a Reward System
Regardless of age, the vast majority of teens love to be rewarded. So, why not make this work to your advantage? Offer some type of reward, in exchange for proper brushing twice a week. It can be anything from using the car on a Saturday night to extra video game time to something he or she just can’t live without.
Limit Sugar Intake
If your teen simply refuses to brush, limiting sugar intake will help to slow down the process of tooth decay. This might be all your child needs to encourage proper brushing. Of course, you can’t always monitor what your children eat. But, making an effort to keep track of things whenever they eat at home is half the battle.
Seek Professional Help
In some cases, lack of proper hygiene can be linked to depression. If you’ve tried everything else, to no avail, consider seeking the help of a professional. Speak with teachers or the school counselor, to find out if your child is having difficulty at school. Another option is speaking with a psychologist.
These are five suggestions, provided to help encourage teens to brush their teeth. The most important thing to remember is this. Never stand over your child and demand that they brush. Chances are, it will only make the situation worse.
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If your teen is opting out of dressing up this year, why not use that money to buy them a new electric toothbrush. Investing in their oral health is always a smart decision.
Do you have any tips to add?