Are you having a hard time getting your kids to brush their teeth? There are a few easy things you can try to TRICK them into to WANTING to brush their teeth.
Kids watch your every move, and even though it is scary, the learn to repeat EVERYTHING you say!! They latch on to everything you do and naturally try to do the same. Try changing up your brushing routine to when they are able to brush with you. They like to copy you because they want to be just like you!. Start saying "I need to brush my teeth" or "I want to brush my teeth" more often and make sure they are around to hear you.
You can also make a game out of brushing your teeth. Challenge your child to beat you at being "better" at brushing. Most kids like the challenge and will take you up on it. You can also time how long your child is to brush their teeth by using a song they like. Play the song when they start to brush and they aren't allowed to stop until the song is over.
You may also inforce a reward system. Something basic is best. Something like, reading 2 books before bed instead of 1, or 10-15 more minutes of play time. Obviously, don't reward with candy or a snack! At least not a snack AFTER they brush their teeth. If you can trust them to brush thoroughly after their snack, that is a fine way to do it.
Also, as a side note, please do not use the dentist as a form of punishment. It is easier on you, your dental staff, and your child, if coming to the dentist is a positive experience. That way they will continue to WANT to keep up on their oral health throughout their life, and not remember the dentist as a punishment.