Tooth Brushing for Kids

Tooth brushing is an important part of a child's oral hygiene routine. However, it can be difficult to get kids to brush their teeth. Many parents struggle to teach their kids to brush properly. Brushing helps remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth and gum line. This helps to prevent cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

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When To Start Brushing Teeth

As soon as your child has teeth, you can begin to brush them twice a day with a child-sized toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Once your child is old enough to handle a larger toothbrush, switch to one with soft or extra-soft bristle. Children tend to swallow a lot of toothpaste while they brush, so be sure to use only a pea-sized amount.

How To Teach Your Kids To Brush Their Teeth

Many parents struggle to get their children to brush and floss regularly, even though maintaining proper dental hygiene is vital for healthy teeth. Establishing good oral health habits early can have a major impact on your child's smile later in life. Here are a few tips to help your children develop better oral hygiene habits and make brushing fun for the whole family!

  • Set a good example for your children by practicing good daily oral hygiene yourself and always making time to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. By setting a good example and having fun with it, you can show your children that taking care of your teeth doesn't have to be a chore!
  • Toothbrushes come in many shapes and sizes, so it might be difficult at first to find the right toothbrush for your child. The most important things to look for in a toothbrush are soft bristles that are gentle on the gums. Try to avoid toothbrushes with stiff or hard bristles because these can hurt the gum tissue. If a toothbrush is too difficult for you to hold onto, it will be uncomfortable and difficult for children as well.
  • Consider purchasing a battery-powered toothbrush that makes toothbrushing a bit more fun for kids. These are available at most drugstores, and children often enjoy using them because they can make them vibrate and move on their own. Typically these come with replacement heads.
  • When purchasing toothpaste, be sure to use one that is approved by the American Dental Association and carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal ensures that the product has been tested for safety and effectiveness.

If you are having trouble getting your child to brush his or her teeth, try making it a fun experience! Some children like singing while they brush, while others might enjoy a game such as counting out loud for each tooth they brush. If your child is fighting you during brushing time, consider turning it into a song or a bedtime routine that they can look forward to every night.

To learn more about brushing in children, schedule an appointment with one of our dentists and team by calling us at (650) 322-9837.

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