Teaching a child to brush is not always easy. However, when you have passed on the good oral habit of oral care, the task is well worth it. Giving your child the gift of learning to take proper care of their teeth, is a gift that will stay with them throughout their lives. Oral hygiene is vital for people of all ages, even children! This is why it is so important for you to teach your child how to scrub their chompers at an early age. If they learn in early childhood, they will know how to care for their smile for years to come.
How do I know my child is ready to learn how to brush?
Children are usually ready to start learning how to brush when they learn how to tie their shoes. All they need are the motor skills required to move the toothbrush. However, every child is different and you are the one who will know best. If you are unsure about when to begin teaching, take your child in to visit the dentist. Your dentist can also give you advise and let you know if your child is ready to learn proper oral care. Generally, children start to learn how to brush when they start preschool.
How do I teach my child how to brush?
You can teach your child how to brush by using observation and by working together. Start by getting down to eye level with your child. Then, start brushing your own teeth in a slow and smooth way. Explain the process of scrubbing each tooth and make sure to mention how long they should brush. The recommended time is to brush for two minutes long, twice a day. Next, give your child a child toothbrush with a pea-sized dab of toothpaste on it. Have your child gently brush their own teeth just like you have shown them. You can then brush alongside them and help them when necessary.
How do I teach my child to floss?
Teaching your child to floss is also extremely important. From the time they have two teeth that are close together, they should begin flossing. The best way is similar to teaching them to brush. If you start at eye level with them and show them how you floss your teeth, you can then begin teaching them. Help your child learn to floss by giving them the tools. If they need help with the coordination, give them assistance and praise them for doing a job well done! This will create a good habit for brushing their teeth, and flossing their teeth each day and provide excellent oral care to last throughout their lifetime.
If these tips aren’t helpful, we encourage you to call W Dental Group today at 210-526-0925 and ask any questions you have. We are here to help you, and we have the tips and advice you need to successfully teach your child how to clean their smile each day. So, if you would like to know more or if you would like Dr. Thomas Watkins to demonstrate the proper way to brush, call us today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you!