As the saying goes “start them young” and “old habits die hard”, you must introduce to your kids the proper way of brushing their teeth as soon as their first tooth pokes through their gums. Teaching them at an early age makes brushing a habit versus a chore.
How do you brush your toddler’s teeth?
When they have their first tooth, start brushing them by using an infant-sized toothbrush damped with warm water. Up until they are a year and a half year old only you should start using toothpaste. And eventually, when they are three, you can start using floss.
You should brush their teeth until they can do it properly on their own, so you have peace of mind that their teeth are clean. Also, this helps them to learn and ensure that they do not make any mistakes when they are on their own.
Position your kid to sit or stand in front of you. Ideally, you are at their backs while their head should lean back toward you, so you get an excellent view of their whole mouth. Make sure that they are comfortable while in the position.
Put the brush gently on their teeth. Start on the bottom teeth first brushing in a circular motion. Get the insides and outsides of their top and bottom teeth. Make sure that you brush their gums too.
Your child only needs to start flossing when more teeth are growing and begin to touch each other. This usually happens around three years old. Bacteria can grow between the teeth, so it is necessary to clean them all the way.
How to make brushing more fun?
Toddlers are very unpredictable. They either eat the toothpaste, lie about brushing, and even throw a tantrum. As a parent, you should not pressure them to brush their teeth, but make it a fun experience. Here are several tips to make brushing fun.
You should start to develop a good dental health routine long before your child is old enough to spit out toothpaste. Brushing does not require a mouthful of teeth to start!
Like a lot of things in life, practice makes perfect, so it will take a lot of time and patience for your children to master their brushing routine. You will reap the benefits later in life when you see your little one all grown up with a beautiful sparkling smile. You will both be grateful for your perseverance and hard work caring for their dental health.