Brushing your teeth is an important part of your daily routine. It's not just about making them look good, but also about keeping your mouth healthy.
But what if you have a young child who doesn't know how to brush? Or how to take care of their teeth?
Here are some tips and tricks to help get your children into the habit of brushing their teeth:
Start early! The best time to start teaching your children how to brush their teeth is when they're just learning how to talk. That way, they'll develop good habits early on and can learn the right way to do it.
Make it fun! You want them to look forward to brushing their teeth, so don't make it a chore or something they dread doing. Instead, get them involved in choosing what toothpaste flavor they like and designing their own toothbrush holder with stickers or markers so they feel like it's theirs! Make sure that you give praise when they do well too — this will encourage them even more!
Use an electric toothbrush! If you have an electric toothbrush at home already, then that's perfect for getting your child used to using one too — especially if they find manual ones difficult or uncomfortable with using on their own.
Brush at least twice a day — once in the morning and once in the evening. This helps remove plaque, which can lead to cavities, before it has time to build up.
Start with small pea-sized amounts of toothpaste on the tip of your child’s brush, then guide them as they brush their teeth by saying things like "front teeth," "back teeth," or "gums." Let them know how many times they should brush each area (for example, “brush your top front teeth five times”). If they need more guidance than that, start out with one tooth at a time (“brush your top front tooth once”).
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