Open Wide! 12 Smart Ways to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth

End those twice-a-day teeth brushing battles! Teach kids to brush -- and make it fun -- with these expert and mom-tested tips. (13 Photos)

Holly Pevzner on Feb 5, 2013 at 9:54AM

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Open Wide! 12 Smart Ways to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth

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Be Silly

"When I brush my daughters' teeth, I list off all of the things I find in there as I brush that make the cavities -- like sharks, dinosaurs, zoo animals. The crazier I get, the longer they let me brush without complaint," says Tracy, a mom of two. Another mom we know likes to name each tooth and talk about how she's cleaning, say, the 'grandma tooth' way in the back there. Not into naming names? Try singing everything that your kiddo has eaten for the day. (Think: "I'm gonna brush those green beans out of your teeth..." sung to the tune of "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair.")

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