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Tips For Teaching Your Child How To Brush Their Teeth

March 29, 2023 | Blog

When your child’s teeth finally appear, it’s a bittersweet moment that may have your eyes watering. But it also means it’s time to whip out a new toothbrush! You’ll have to assist your child with oral hygiene until they’re around the age of seven. When the time comes for them to begin brushing on their own, you’ll have to educate them on how to do it.

Gulf Coast Dental takes your children’s mouth health seriously! Learning how to take care of your oral health is a lifestyle necessity. Our team of professionals is here to help you prepare your child for the next step in their independence. We have compiled a guide of trusty tips for teaching your child how to brush their teeth.

Make Child Dental Care Fun

With a little effort, children can find enjoyment in almost anything. Practicing oral health is no exception! Kids often want to copy what their parents do. You can brush your teeth alongside your child, ensuring they take the proper amount of time. Not only will it be a bonding experience, but it will also show them that oral health is a necessity.

Giving your child the option to choose their toothbrush and toothpaste flavor can also help make the experience more fun. Some toothbrushes will play popular children’s songs as they are used. Once the song is over, your child will know that they have brushed for long enough. These techniques make the concept engaging to young minds.

Show Them The Proper Brushing Technique

It’s crucial to start teaching your child to brush their teeth at an early age. It may take time for them to adopt the habit independently, which is why an early start is beneficial. Take the time to show your child how to adequately use their toothbrush by using these guidelines:

  • Put a small amount of fluoride toothpaste on the toothbrush
  • Place the toothbrush horizontally on the gum line
  • Brush the tooth by gently moving back and forth
  • Clean the front and back of the teeth
  • Brush their tongue to remove any bacteria
  • Tell your child to spit out toothpaste and not swallow

While it may seem like a simple process to explain, you’ll want to make sure your child understands the importance of regular brushing. A pediatric dentist can offer helpful methods for teaching your child to brush and give you suggestions based on your child’s needs.

Use Positive Reinforcement

When you praise your child for good actions, they’ll want to continue expressing appropriate behavior. It’s essential that you use positive reinforcement as your child brushes. You can give your child incentive to continue this by cheering, offering a reward and praising them as they independently brush their teeth.

Contact Us To Schedule Your Next Child Dentist Appointment

As a family practice, Gulf Coast Dental understands the importance of keeping your child’s teeth clean! Our practitioners are prepared to help you teach your child how to properly brush their teeth. After all, it’s never too early to practice oral hygiene. Contact us today to schedule your child’s next dental appointment.

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