Brushing can be an intimidating experience for young ones. Worse, it could be a challenge for parents as well.
But there’s no need to struggle. Instead, here are five tips to help you teach your kid to brush.
The sooner you work on this habit, the quicker your child will acquire the skill and have a healthier smile. The best time to start brushing can be long before your little one gets those tiny pearls. If they are used to the sensation of brushing, they won’t find it unusual when you hand them over their own little brush.
Kids often look up to their parents for everything, so once you hand over a brush to your young one, brush along. Let them watch you brush your teeth so they learn the proper techniques. Also, they’ll look up to this opportunity as a time to bond and have some fun with their parents.
As long as the toothbrush is approved by the American Dental Association, don’t hesitate to get one for your child that features their favorite cartoon character. Let them get excited about brushing with their favorite accessories.
Play a 2-minute brushing game or sing along with your child's favorite brushing video. There are plenty of resources that can make your child’s brushing experience fun twice every day.
Cheer your child on as they brush their teeth, as it encourages them to brush twice daily. You can also try rewarding them for practicing good oral hygiene, as it can motivate them to brush their teeth regularly.
Developing the habit of brushing doesn’t have to be dreadful. With these five pediatric brushing tips and tricks, you can make your child’s brushing experience fun and exciting.
And while you work on developing this healthy oral health habit, don’t forget to schedule your child’s consultation with an experienced pediatric dentist. Get in touch with us and learn more about dentistry for children.