How to make brushing teeth fun for children

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Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that they will thank you for the rest of their lives. To help your children protect their teeth and gums and greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, teach them to brush their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. We know this can be a hard chore but here are some tips to make it easier for you and more fun for them to brush their teeth:

Brushing time is better when it feels like play.

Get your child a fun toothbrush. There are many theme and cartoon related toothbrushes available. She likes Dora? Get her a Dora themed toothbrush. Or your little boy loves Transformer™? A Transformer™ themed toothbrush and toothpaste will have him brush his pearly whites with fun. The leading suppliers have many options. Find some of them here.

Brush Time App:

It is recommended that your child brushes its teeth for a full 2 minutes which we all know can be hard. Colgate has a free brushing app that plays a catchy song, has a game and tips on brushing. This will help your child to have more fun while brushing. The links to the app is below.

Open wide:

Pretend you and your child are mama-hippo and kid-hippo and open the mouth wide for brushing.

Bubble contest:

Brush your own teeth with them. Have a contest and find out who can create the most bubbles with their brushing.

Sticker chart:

Create a sticker chart and give them stars for brushing their teeth twice a day and for flossing once a day. Once they reach a certain amount of stickers, give them a reward.

Explain why:

Help your child understand why brushing is so important. Here a video that will help – click here for the video.

Do you have any other recommendations? We would love to hear them and share them on our blog!

Link to iPhone App

Link to Android App


  1. Thanks for the advice on how to make brushing teeth fun for children! My nephew is always distracted when brushing his teeth, so I really think these suggestions could help! I’ll be sure to try having a bubble contest with him, as he loves being competitive. Great advice!

  2. I remember not liking to brush my teeth when I was little, and I’m nervous about when I have my own kids and helping them to brush. I like the idea of using a brushing app to help them time better. How early should I start taking them to the dentist so they can form that good habit too? Thanks for the tips and help!

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