We all know it: brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes. It is the only way to prevent tooth decay and plaque. Unfortunately, children don’t always like it. Here are some tips to help your kids brush their teeth without any hassle!
Brushing is crucial to keep your child’s teeth healthy, but it is not the only way. The number of times your child eats and drinks per day is also an important factor. Teeth can withstand seven meals and drinks per day.
Brushing Children’s Teeth: When and How Often?
Starting with their first tooth, children should brush their teeth once a day; at age 2, they should begin brushing twice a day. The best times are after breakfast in the morning and before bed at night.
Does your child drink another bottle of milk in the evening? Then give it to them before brushing their teeth. Otherwise, the acid has a chance to attack your baby’s enamel.
How to Brush Your Baby’s Teeth?
A baby’s gums are very sensitive to the incoming teeth. Therefore, use a baby toothbrush with soft bristles. To make it easier to reach all teeth, use a toothbrush with a smaller head.
Brush teeth with a toothpaste specially designed for children. It contains less fluoride than adult toothpaste, so it won’t hurt your child if he or she swallows it. It also has a more pleasant taste. Children’s toothpaste can be purchased at most supermarkets and drugstores.
There is no need to rinse after your child brushes his or her teeth. In fact, it is better to leave some toothpaste in the mouth. This allows the fluoride to work longer.
Tips for Brushing Teeth
1) Make it Fun
Sing a song, compose a funny poem, or tell a story while brushing your child’s teeth. Or say what you have brushed away, “There’s a little bean over there, and a piece of carrot at the bottom. Children will find it more interesting in this way and be more at ease with brushing.
2) Use a Mirror
With a mirror, your child can see exactly what is going on. Fear of the unknown can play an important role in brushing teeth. When the child can see, he or she realizes that what is happening is not so scary.
3) Beautiful Toothbrushes
Let the child choose his or her own toothbrush. This will make them for excited when it is brushing time. However, the toothbrush they choose for themselves must, of course, be thoroughly tested at home.
4) Explain to Your Child the Importance of Oral Hygiene
Forcing something on a child without explaining why, often does not work. Tell them why they need to take care of their teeth while you’re helping them to do so.
5) Taste of Toothpaste
Is your child a picky eater? Then they can be very sensitive to the taste of toothpaste. Fortunately, there are many kinds of toothpaste for children, and they come in various flavors as well. There is sure to be one that will make brushing teeth more enjoyable for your little one.
6) Reward Your Child
Rewards and punishments in child-rearing should be reserved for exceptional cases. And good oral hygiene is essential. This could be done, for example, by creating a sticker card that can be used to put a sticker on each time they brush their teeth. This helps automate the process.
7) Be Careful Not to Hurt Your Child When Brushing
There are many sensitive areas in the mouth. The mouth is also very sensitive when teeth fall out or baby teeth erupt. Therefore, care should be taken. For example, for small children, you should choose a children’s toothbrush with soft bristles or a toothbrush made of silicone. Electric toothbrushes for children are very convenient because they have a low noise level with slight vibration.
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