Teaching children to brush their teeth can be an exercise in patience. Just getting them to pick up a toothbrush can be exhausting. But once the toothbrush is in their hands, the battle is not over. Kids often rush through their brushing or brush incorrectly, missing large parts of their mouths. So how do you teach them to brush properly? Your Las Vegas dentist, Dr. Deborha Staten, shares some tips for teaching children to brush their teeth.
Teaching Kids to Brush
The first key to ensuring that children brush properly is observing them as they brush. Thus, you will want to take up a good position from which to view their work. It is often useful to stand behind children as they face the mirror. You should have a good vantage point, and your presence should encourage them to do their best work.
As you teach children to brush, have them break their brushing into three parts. Start them on the outer surface of their teeth. Be sure that they focus on one or two teeth at a time and that they use small circular movements when brushing. When they finish with the outer surface, have them move to the inner and finally the top, or biting, surface.
To encourage children to brush for the proper duration, play a song or set a timer. When the song ends or when the timer beeps, they have brushed for the proper time. Lastly, be sure that your child attends regular dental visit. These visits encourage good oral hygiene habits through patient education.
Schedule a Visit with Your Las Vegas Children’s Dentist
In addition to proper homecare, regular dental visits play an important role in your child’s oral health. During these visits, a hygienist can remove plaque or tartar that your child has missed. If it has been more than six months since your child’s last dental visit, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Staten.