Does your child brush her teeth only if you threaten to punish her?
“Kids are often ‘lazy’ to do so because they are too tired,” says Dr Rashid Tahir, a paediatric dentist at The Kids Dentist.
He shares tips to help you avoid this daily battle.
In the evening, ask your child to brush well before his bedtime when you know he has finished all his food and drink.
In the mornings, it is acceptable to brush teeth after breakfast, when he is fully awake.
Allow him to choose an age-appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste with designs and flavours that he likes.
You can sing songs and count the strokes as he brushes his teeth.
Kids above age five may also be motivated to brush when using a battery-operated toothbrush. But don’t forget that you should help clean his teeth thoroughly until he’s seven.
There are now many apps for smartphones and tablets that can help motivate a reluctant child.