Children are the pride and joy of many parents, and the wonders of teaching prepare them for a healthy life ahead of them. The habits and practices they absorb today will be a gift for their future selves. They can save money, they can learn to be courageous, but one habit that is not thought about often, especially in regards to a child's hygiene is brushing their teeth. There are helpful tips to ensure your child cements the practice of good oral health.
The Steps to Helping Your Child Brush Better
First and foremost is setting a routine. Teaching your child to sustain a routine is easier said than done, but is incredibly beneficial when it becomes second nature, like washing hands, or taking a bath. In order to make the routine easier, let your child have fun with brushing. Go toothbrush shopping and let them choose a toothbrush that really resonates with the things they enjoy. As a child, brushing their teeth is a lot more fun if there is a cool color, hero, or animal they enjoy printed on.
Secondly, it is important to maintain the fun while also instructing proper brushing. Making sure they angle the brush around 45 degrees is ideal, and reminding them that only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is necessary goes a long way. You can play their favorite song that is around 2 minutes in length, thus implementing proper brushing time. Finally, when they finish brushing their teeth, a reward seals the deal. Just be sure to avoid candy or sweets!
Children are sponges when it comes to information. They can learn and retain with ease, and ensuring that your child enjoys the experience makes it all the easier for them to learn. If you have any questions further regarding teaching your child to brush regularly and properly, or if you have any other dental questions, do not hesitate to contact our office today. We are proud to build the healthiest and happiest smiles.
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