First, prioritize the health of baby teeth—even though they'll be replaced with permanent teeth, keeping them cavity-free is essential. To do this, aim for twice-daily brushing and daily flossing of any teeth that touch each other.
Begin Building Life-Long Habits Early
Teaching young children to brush their teeth is essential for good dental health, but it's not always easy. Children seem to have short attention spans and neverending energy, so sitting still with a toothbrush isn't always going to go as planned.
These tips that may help you out:
Show your child that brushing is a priority! If brushing your child's teeth comes across as an inconvenient chore, they'll see dental hygiene as an inconvenience. Frame brushing their teeth as something unskippable but easy — a part of every evening and morning.
You may even consider taking this activity outside of the bathroom. After all, you only need a toothbrush to brush your child's teeth, so why not do it wherever it's easiest?
Using a toothbrush is more important than toothpaste. If your child practiced finger-painting skills with the entire tube, it's okay to brush without it temporarily while you replace it.
Let your child choose their own toothbrush. This will help them feel more ownership over the process and make it more exciting. When possible, brush in front of the mirror so they can watch how the process works. It will also help them feel more involved. Make brushing fun! They'll be happier to cooperate if you treat it like a game. Maintain a cheerful attitude and play fun music in time with their two minutes of brushing.
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