Teaching Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth Properly

It is highly critical to establish proper oral care habits at an early age for long-term oral health. Following are some of the important tips to keep in mind when teaching your kids how to brush properly.

Taking Enough Time:

Brushing is not something that is loved by kids and is therefore usually rushed. Dentists recommend a brushing routine for a good two minutes, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t teach your kids to follow the recommended time whether or not they require it.

Getting a new brush frequently:

If your kid’s toothbrush is old with splayed bristles, you need a new one. Only then can the bristles go where they are pointed. It’s often recommended you change your child’s brush every 3 months, and if he or she has braces, even a sooner change may be required.

Avoid using a toothbrush:

If your child’s toothbrush looks more like a shoe brush on a stick, change it for a small and soft-bristled one. Big brushes look like they will clean a lot of teeth in one go but actually tend to skate over the teeth, missing the areas where plaque builds up.

Encouraging Frequent Brushing:

Encourage your child to brush his teeth after every meal or snack. If that seems like too much work, brushing twice daily, in the morning and at night should be encouraged at all costs.

The Method:
  • Step 1: Teach your kid(s) to angle a soft-bristled brush at an angle of 45 degrees towards the upper and lower teeth’s gums.
  • Step 2: Now move the toothbrush gently and in short strokes in a back-and-forth movement along the gums and teeth. Continue with this method along every tooth’s exterior and interior surface.
  • Step 3: Brush or scrape the tongue properly to get rid of any bacterial buildup.

So, ensure your child’s dental health by teaching him/her to brush properly from an early age.