Teaching Your child To Brush

Excellent oral health is something we all aspire to and it starts with a good homecare routine. Brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing daily, rinsing after meals and snacks with plain water, and attending regular dental visits is vital. As parents we need to teach our children many things. Here is a primer to help you start early with your kids so they can develop the habits now that will support their oral – and overall – health … for a lifetime.
Lead by example…
The best way to instill the habit of brushing teeth in children is to have them learn by example. Once your children have watched you perform this twice-daily ritual and get the hang of it, encourage their kids to brush their own teeth.
Correct technique…
  • Dab only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on their soft-bristled toothbrushes.
  • Concentrate on gently brushing back and forth on the inside surface of each tooth where bacteria-laden plaque is most likely to accumulate.
  • Brush outer surfaces should be brushed with the brush turned at an angle along the gumline.
  • Floss for your children beginning at age four. By the time they reach age eight, most kids can begin flossing for themselves.
  • Brush tongue to introduce an element of fun into the process.
Healthy habits…
  • Begin with proper brushing and flossing techniques and a tooth-friendly diet.
  • Continue with regular professional care and cleanings for a beaming smile that will last a lifetime.
Taught early enough, healthy habits turn into healthy lifestyles.
If you would like more information on how to get your child’s dental experience off to a good start, we welcome your call at Batavia Family Dental. We have both children and adults as patients here at 6 Batavia City Centre, because everyone, regardless of age, deserves a winning smile.
Always proud to be your Batavia family dentist, I encourage you to regularly read the Genesee Valley Pennysaver where you will find my articles on a variety of dental health topics. And as always, call us with any questions. We’d love to hear from you!