Children are all different, so some children might more easily adjust to using toothpaste on their own. However, there are a few general rules you should use when ensuring they are protecting their teeth. Toothaches hurt, and children's mouths are always changing, so tooth health should be a priority.
One thing you can introduce to them is flavoured toothpastes. There are certain varieties available at your local supermarket, but you can also choose from a ton of different choices when you search from online outlets. Picture them using a cotton candy toothpaste or another of their favourite fruity flavours.
You definitely need to make sure that they are sticking to a routine as they are growing up. The nightly routine is just as important as the daytime routine. With younger children, it's even more about the same routine, not just with brushing teeth but with everything. For instance, at nighttime before bed, one example could be bath, brush teeth and then bedtime story.
It's not just about getting them to use the toothpaste, but also about learning to use mouthwash and floss. Your children should have regular dentist appointments, as a good dentist can also be very influential in your children learning how to properly care for their teeth.
With very young children, you have to actually brush their teeth for them. This is where you can model for them on their own mouths how to brush their teeth. As they get older, they are able to of course brush their own teeth. As well, you should also model for them by brushing your own teeth twice each day, using mouthwash and flossing.
If you're wondering when a child should brush his own teeth, the age is about four or five, depending on individual personal development. However, monitoring of the brushing should continue in the years following, and you have to consistently think of ways to keep them motivated towards tooth health.
This means that you should stay up on the current products that are out there. Also, the electric toothbrushes are a plus for some kids, as the product does much of the work for them.
Another thing you can do is to show your children what it means not to have healthy teeth. Teach them about gum disease, discolouration and tooth decay. This will make them want to keep their teeth clean because they don't want their mouths looking dirty or any tooth problems. Of course you really have to make a child stop and think about it from time to time.
To get children to use toothpaste, you have to be creative. Just remember whatever you do, oversight and switching gears will always be required when dealing with children.