The first step in teaching children dental hygiene is to simply get them in the routine of brushing their teeth.
The next task is to teach them how to brush their teeth properly! The best place to start is to make sure they have all of the right tools to brush their teeth properly!
5 Ways To Help You Child Brush
Use a Toothbrush With Soft Bristles
Start by purchasing a child-sized, soft bristle toothbrush. This is the part that you can make fun, as you can have your child pick out their favourite patterned toothbrush.
Choose a Mild Toothpaste
Purchase a toothpaste made specifically for children. Many adult toothpastes are too strong for children, so be sure to pick out a milder children’s brand.
Use Small Flossing Picks
It can be hard for children to wrap their fingers around normal dental floss, so the small floss pickers can make the job that little bit easier.
Grab Some Flavoured Mouthwash
This is another thing where the adult version can be too strong for children. Try to get a gentle brand in a flavour that your child will enjoy.
Check With Your Dentist
Your child should be getting regular dental checkups, so it is quick and easy to check with your dentist that everything is going okay.
Once you have all the right tools, it’s time to show them how it’s done! Brushing your teeth with your child is a great way to make them feel included, and to begin to incorporate routine into their dental hygiene.
Using a timer is also a great way to make sure they are brushing their teeth for a long enough period of time, and gives them something to focus on. We recommend playing their favourite song. Once the song finishes – so does brushing their teeth! (This will ensure you get at least 2-3 minutes out of them).
It can be tricky to have your child pick up the right brushing technique – that is, using circular motions, rather than brushing over the tooth. A good strategy here is to have them practice on their favourite doll, so that both you and they can see the movements they are making.
Dental hygiene is incredibly important, so it is imperative to get your child started on the right foot early on in their life. Your dentist can help to speak to your child about brushing their teeth properly too.