As a parent, you know how important it is to protect your kids from tooth decay. The trouble is getting them excited to take care of their teeth. Let’s face it; brushing teeth isn’t the most fun event in their daily schedule. So, how do you make it more enjoyable for them? Let’s look at some tips.
Choosing a Toothpaste and Toothbrush
This is the biggest step to getting them excited. Let them pick their favorite toothbrush and toothpaste. There are lots of child-friendly options that appeal to kids, with a wide variety of colors and flavors. You want to make sure that whatever toothpaste you use has fluoride and is accepted by the ADA.
Know the Proper Brushing Technique
Knowing how to brush teeth is as important as what equipment they choose, that’s why you must instruct them. Having the knowledge to do a job correctly empowers them to do their best.
Demonstrate for them the proper way to hold a toothbrush. Show them these steps:
- Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle in relation to the gums.
- Move the toothbrush back and forth with gentle motions.
- Using short strokes, clean the back, front and top of every tooth.
- Never scrub the teeth, especially around the gum line or you can irritate it.
- Don’t neglect the brushing (and flossing) of the backs of your top and bottom front teeth. These areas are often forgotten and tend to experience high levels of plaque buildup. You can use the top bristles of the toothbrush to reach this area easier.
If you take the time to show your child how to brush their teeth, and even do it with them, they’ll be more excited about doing it in the future. If you need more guidance, don’t hesitate to talk to their dentist or Oxford MA Dentist.