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Tips for Developing Good Tooth Brushing Habits in Children

Taking proper care of your child’s teeth, as well as developing good brushing habits in your toddlers and young children, are very important practices for your child’s having healthy and strong teeth all life long. Sometimes, children refuse brushing their teeth and the bathroom turns into a battleground. Sometimes, parents do not pay proper attention or have a lack of knowledge for teaching their children good dental habits. We hope that the tips below will help parents to make their children love and enjoy tooth brushing.

  • Before the age of 1, clean your child’s teeth and gums with water and a soft washcloth.
  • Between the age of 1 and 2, clean the teeth of your child with a small toothbrush and a soft toothpaste with or without fluoride (such as Baby Oral Gel, etc.). Train your child to spit the toothpaste out of his mouth.
  • You can start getting your child to brush his teeth himself at the age of 2.
  • To begin with, make your child hold a mirror in front of his mouth while you are brushing his teeth. This way he will be able to see what’s going on.
  • Toothbrushes for ChildrenBe sure that your child uses a small-size tooth brush with soft bristles.
  • Let you child pick several toothbrushes for children with his favorite cartoon characters, toothbrushes with blinking lights or a battery operated vibrating toothbrushes. Every time let your child choose which toothbrush to use (this way he will be in control of the situation).
  • You can buy special toothbrushes that play various songs for 2 minutes, or use an egg timer set for 2 minutes (the recommended duration of every tooth brushing session).
  • Let him use a pea-size toothpaste drop for brushing his teeth.
  • Let your child learn brushing his teeth with small circles: first, on the cheek and tongue sides, then on the chewing surfaces, and then on the tongue and gums.
  • Always help your child to finish brushing his teeth. Usually, until the child is about 7-8 years old, he is not able to do a good job on his own.
  • Do everything possible to make tooth brushing a fun activity! Brush you teeth together with your child and allow him to brush your teeth, too. Laugh and make noises! Allow him to brush the teeth of his favorite toy! Make it a game and make it fun! Catch “sugar bugs” on his teeth! Or let him know that Tooth Fairy leaves prizes for clean teeth!
  • Be sure that your child rinses the mouth well after brushing and does not swallow the toothpaste. Tell him that swallowing toothpaste can lead to serious problems with health.
  • A Little Girl Brushing Her TeethRemember to store the toothpaste out of child’s reach to prevent him eating it.
  • Do not forget to replace your child’s toothbrush every 2-3 months or after a heavy infection, flu and other infectious diseases. Be sure that your children never use each other’s toothbrushes.
  • Remember that in order to ensure excellent dental health of your child, the specialists recommend brushing his teeth for 2 minutes twice a day: in the morning and before the bedtime.

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Help Your Child Enjoy His First Visit to the Dentist

Specialists suggest making the first visit to the dentist before your child turns 3. By this age your child might have started eating the food that all your family members eat. Therefore, his teeth have started being affected by all dangerous bacteria and other factors that impact his dental health. This is the age to start teaching your child taking care about his teeth, developing good dental habits and doing regular check-ups. Many children are afraid of going to doctors or dentists because this profession is associated with pain. However, there are some recommendations for you on making your child’s first dental visit a good and positive experience:

  • Create a special strategy of preparing you child for going to the dentist for the first time.
  • Talk about visiting your dentist only from a positive perspective and make your child understand how important it is to see the dentist regularly.
  • Make your child feel excited about going to his first dental appointment
  • Never use such words or expressions like “it ain’t gonna hurt”, “you’ll feel no pain” or “be brave” when talking to your child about visiting the dentist.
  • A visit to the dentist must never seem to be a threat to your child.
  • Never share your negative experiences about visiting the dentist with your child.
  • If your child feels frightened, try to reassure him. Be calm, patient and supportive.
  • Read him a story about visiting a Teeth Doctor or play dentist with him by examining each other’s teeth.
  • Ask people around your child to tell him optimistic things and not to make him feel scared about going to the dentist.
  • Do not talk too much to your child about the work of dentists and what is waiting for him in the dentist’s room.
  • Select a dentist who is good in getting along with children and can put kids at ease during the first visit.
  • Talk to your dentist before bringing you child to him and let him know about the fears and weak points of your child.
  • Try to come right in time and not to wait next to the dentist’s door for long.
  • Ask the permission of the dentist to stay with your child during the examination.
  • Make sure that your child got a good impression of the first visit to the dentist.

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