Teaching your children proper oral care at a young age is of vital importance, and starting them as young as possible can save you money on health insurance by greatly reducing their risk of cavities and other tooth and gum problems. Setting a good example is the best thing you can do to encourage proper oral care, but we know from experience that teaching your kids to properly brush their teeth is no easy task.
That’s why I’ve outlined today’s post focused on how to teach your children to brush their teeth properly. I think the best piece of advice I could give you would be to make the activity fun, instead of a chore for your children. One way you could do this is by letting them pick their own tooth brush and tooth paste, but you can get creative and come up with some really fun ideas for your children.
Although brushing and flossing are of vital importance to your children’s oral hygiene, it does not replace the need to go to the dentist. If you haven’t been in a while, I suggest you seek a dentist that is focused on family dentistry, making your dentist visits as efficient as possible.
Here are the things to focus on when teaching your children to brush:
- Use a small amount of toothpaste, and never swallow it
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle
- Move the brush back and forth gently, over all surfaces of your teeth
- Brush every tooth, every time
- Gently brush the gum line around your teeth for proper gum care
- Brush for 2 minutes, every time
Outlining these simple steps for your children are sure to give them something to think about every time they go to brush their teeth, but this is just the start of proper oral care. Persistence is the key to teaching your children the importance of oral care, and the earlier they know this, the better off their health will be.