Some young people don’t like the sensation of placing a toothbrush inside their mouths and cleaning their teeth.
Try using an electric toothbrush along with a timer so that the child knows how long to brush his/her teeth. An electric toothbrush also offers a more consistent brushing pattern and it is more likely to clean the child’s teeth more effectively than an ordinary toothbrush.
If the child has a favourite TV character, products such as toothbrushes and toothpaste are available with different characters, which could add interest and motivation.
Try using a children’s mouthwash to help with their oral hygiene. Gargling, swishing and spitting out the mouthwash can be fun for children to do.
Your child may be more comfortable sitting on a chair or stool to brush their teeth.
Use rewards such as a star chart to encourage the child to brush twice a day.It is recommended that you continue to supervise and brush the child’s teeth until they are at least 7 years old. For some children it may be for longer.
Further information, activities for young people and products are available from http://www.dentalhealth.org.uk