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3 Tips for Brushing Your Child’s Teeth

April 3, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drrohner @ 4:36 pm
child brushing their teeth with their parent

If you’re a parent to a toddler, you might worry about their oral health as their baby teeth come in. Keeping up with oral hygiene and dental check-ups becomes crucial at this stage. One big hurdle is getting your child to brush their teeth. But don’t worry! Convincing a busy toddler to sit still for two minutes is doable. Here’s a simple guide to help you brush your child’s teeth without any fuss.

Step 1: Getting Prepared

To make oral care fun for your child, start by involving them in choosing their toothbrush and toothpaste. Pick flavors or designs they like, such as their favorite characters. This makes brushing more enjoyable. Then, make brushing a regular part of their day. Find two times when they’re calm and willing to brush with you.

To engage them, think about creating a sticker chart or reward system. This way, taking care of their teeth becomes both serious and enjoyable. It can encourage and excite your child, turning brushing into a highlight of their day.

Step 2: Brushing Properly

After getting your child settled in front of the sink, it’s time to start brushing their teeth. Begin by putting toothpaste on the brush. For kids under 3, use a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste, like the size of a grain of rice. From ages 3 to 6, a pea-sized amount of toothpaste works better.

Start by brushing the inside of your child’s teeth, then move to the outside, and finish with the chewing surfaces. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, pointing toward the gumline, and use gentle back-and-forth motions for thorough cleaning. Lastly, make sure your child spits out or rinses the toothpaste, as swallowing fluoride toothpaste isn’t recommended for kids.

Step 3: Get them Excited

Once you’ve got the basics down, the secret to long-term success is sticking to the routine. Keep toothbrushing fun and enjoyable by adding in some playful elements and interactive activities. This helps encourage your child to stick with good oral hygiene habits consistently.

Make sure to praise your child for their efforts, and think about rewarding them for consistent brushing. To make toothbrushing fun, try singing songs, dancing, or playing games together during the activity—whatever makes it enjoyable!

By using positive reinforcement and fun activities, you can make toothbrushing a positive experience for your little one. This will encourage them to keep up with good oral hygiene habits throughout their lives!

About the Practice

Committed to the dental health of their young Homewood residents, the skilled team at Angelica Rohner Pediatric Dentistry provides essential care for growing smiles. Our team ensures that every child’s dental visit is positive and enjoyable, taking pride in helping even the most anxious patients feel comfortable. They can also give patients advice on caring for their children’s smiles at home. If you have any questions about supporting your child’s oral health or want to schedule a visit, visit our website or contact our office at (205) 870-0892.

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