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How to Get Your Child to Brush Their Teeth (and More)

If you’re a parent, then you know the daily acrobatics when it’s time to get ready for the day and for bed. Getting a pair of socks on your child is hard enough. Sometimes the very idea of getting their teeth brushed (or worse, flossed) can feel insurmountable.

What if we said you could teach your child to brush their own teeth and maybe practice a few other good dental habits while they’re at it? Don’t get us wrong—it’s still an uphill battle, but with some persistence (and these tips) you will be on your way to tooth health autonomy.

Lead by Example

Children learn by observing their parents or guardians. Make sure to demonstrate good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, to set a positive example for your child. Show enthusiasm and make it a fun and regular family activity.

Start Early

Introduce oral hygiene habits as soon as your child’s first tooth appears. Use a soft, age-appropriate toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste to gently clean their teeth and gums. This helps establish a routine from an early age.

Make it Fun

Make oral care enjoyable for your child. Use colorful toothbrushes, let them choose their toothpaste flavor, or play their favorite song while brushing. Consider using apps, games, or brushing charts to make it interactive and engaging.

Teach Proper Technique

Show your child how to brush their teeth properly. Use gentle, circular motions and encourage them to clean all surfaces of their teeth, including the front, back, and chewing surfaces. Also, teach them the importance of flossing to remove food particles and plaque between teeth.

Set a Routine

Establish a consistent oral hygiene routine. Encourage your child to brush their teeth at least twice a day, preferably after breakfast and before bedtime. Help them establish a routine by creating a schedule or using visual cues like a toothbrush timer or a brushing calendar.

Reward and Reinforce

Acknowledge and reward your child’s efforts in maintaining good oral hygiene. Offer verbal praise, create a sticker chart to track their progress, or provide small incentives to motivate them. Positive reinforcement encourages them to continue practicing good dental habits.

Regular Dental Check-ups

Schedule regular dental visits for your child. Dental check-ups help detect and prevent potential issues, and the dentist can provide professional guidance on proper oral care. Make these visits positive experiences by choosing a child-friendly dentist and explaining the importance of dental health to your child.

While you work on reinforcing good dental hygiene, you might as well reach out to us today to schedule a dental check-up for your family. Make an appointment now!