In order to make brushing a part of daily routine, it is best for children to learn how to brush their teeth correctly as soon as possible, and not only parents, but other adults in the family, such as Grandma and Grandma, can also teach children to develop this habit together. You may want to use the following methods and play skills to help your child learn the correct oral hygiene concepts while playing.

When and how to start teaching your child to brush their teeth:

Teach Your Child to Brush Their Teeth Correctly
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The first tooth usually appears at around 6 months, but do not start brushing the blunt bump of tooth, wait for it to grow well before using the toothbrush. In the meantime, since you can not brush that tiny bump, you can first put a soft cloth wet with water to clean it.Parents should do it every morning and before bedtime, and remember to clean both sides of the teeth.

Choose the right tooth brush equipment according to the child’s age

It is important to buy a toothbrush with the size appropriate for your child and follow the following guidelines to choose toothpaste:

  • 0~18 months
    Use water only, do not use toothpaste. Use a soft cloth without toothbrush or toothpaste.
  • 18 months ~ 6 years old
    Low fluorine toothpaste can be used.
  • Over 6 Years Old
    Standard fluoride toothpaste can be used.

For children who are not in contact with fluorinated water, or are at greater risk of tooth decay for other reasons, be sure to ask a specialist to recommend toothpaste.

How adults should assist their child to brush their teeth

When you start brushing your teeth, keep your child still before trying the following steps:

  • Let the child sit back against you on your knees.
  • Hold your child’s chin with one hand and let your child’s head rest on your body.
  • Brush along the gum line and gently brush all surfaces.
  • If toothpaste is used, encourage the child to spit it out, and do not let him swallow. Wash it off or gargle with water. It can be difficult for a child to spit, and adults can demonstrate and encourage them to imitate such action.

Ways to help develop your child’s teeth brushing habits

Not all children will love brushing at first, here are some tips to encourage brushing:

  • Play dentist games with kids and play with your favorite toys.For example, pretending to bring a doll to the dentist and pretending to help the doll see her teeth, brushing her teeth; if possible, pretending to examine the front and back of the doll’s teeth, such exercises can encourage the child to use the same method.
  • If your child likes to imitate others, they will naturally imitate  brushing their teeth on their own from other family members.
  • If your child doesn’t like the taste of toothpaste, you can brush your teeth without toothpaste.After getting used to brushing their teeth, then slowly let them try low fluorine toothpaste or a flavored toothpaste for kids.
  • If the toilet at home is not easily reached by your child to brush her teeth, it can also be done elsewhere in the home.
  • Older children can encourage brushing with a reward.For example, mark the number of times a day to clean your teeth on your calendar, and if you reach 2 times in a row, you will be rewarded.

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