Teaching Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth Properly
The main question, however, is how do we teach our kids to brush and floss their teeth properly? Take a look at these couple of tips.
When to start teaching them about oral hygiene?
You should probably start teaching your children about oral hygiene and its importance from an early age. You as a parent should take care of your infant’s oral hygiene after every feeding. Do this by gently running your baby’s gums with a warm cloth.
Once your child’s teeth start appearing, even if it’s just one tooth, you should switch to a toothbrush and start brushing them. Many parents come to a problem at a certain point because they aren’t sure how to properly brush their children’s teeth.
You should visit a dentist once your child’s first tooth has erupted. The dentist will instruct you on how to brush your child’s teeth.
Teeth brushing tips for parents of young children
In most cases, the dentist will advise you to use a soft-bristled brush and water to begin with. Later, as more and more teeth start erupting, you’ll have to use a bit of toothpaste.
For really young children (less than 2) only a small amount of paste is enough, this means less than a pea-sized amount and if the child is between 2 and 5 a pea-sized amount of toothpaste will be perfect.
Parents should brush their children’s teeth until the age of 6. When you are brushing your child’s teeth, make sure that you are facing them.
Teaching your children about the importance of dental hygiene
Children between the ages of 6 and 8 should brush their own teeth. This is where the teaching part takes place. Teach them that brushing their teeth is an important thing to do because their overall health depends on it.
Tell them that oral hygiene is essential because our teeth have an important role to play in our lives. Don’t be afraid to tell them all the problems and diseases that improper hygiene can cause. Also, don’t forget to mention that the lack of proper hygiene can cause them many serious problems in the future.
Tell them that with proper hygiene they won’t be ashamed of smiling and showing they clean, healthy teeth. Additionally, tell them that not all people have perfectly white teeth and that there is a tooth shade scale with different shades of white. However, there are ways of whitening their teeth with whitening treatments such as non-invasive dental bonding, laser whitening and other in-office treatments.
All in all, kids should learn from an early age why oral and dental hygiene is so important and what are the risks of poor hygiene.
Teaching your children how to brush their teeth
You as a parent should set an example for your children. Teach them that teeth brushing is important, but it doesn’t have to be a chore but a fun activity.
Give them the opportunity to choose their own toothbrushes and toothpaste. Then show them how every tooth should be brushed from the base of the tooth to the chewing surface. Make sure they know that every time they brush their teeth, which is after every meal, each tooth should be brushed.
They should use short and strokes for fronts and backs of their teeth and short and sweeping strokes for the chewing surfaces. Additionally, remind them that the tongue should also be cleaned.
To make sure that they are actually brushing their teeth for 2 minutes, you can set a timer and play their favorite song so that they don’t lose interest. After the brushing is done, you should inspect their work.
The toothbrushes should be changed at least 3 times a year. Also, teach them not to apply a lot of pressure on their teeth when brushing them. A softer approach is equally efficient and it won’t hurt or damage their gums.
When it comes to flossing, don’t forget to teach them that flossing too is just as important because food particles can get stuck between their teeth as well. Flossing should be performed by inserting a piece of floss between each teeth and gently moving the floss back and forth by pinching the floss between your index finger and thumb.
Teaching your children to properly take care of their teeth will surely pay off in the future. It will save them a lot of trouble and many different types of dental problems, serious speech-related problems, and even diabetes.
Teaching them to brush their teeth doesn’t have to be a battle, you can find fun and interesting ways to keep them interested and excited about taking care of their teeth.