Oral Hygiene – How To Teach Your Children About Brushing Teeth
If you want your children to be cavity-free, it’s important to teach them how to brush their teeth properly. While it’s commendable that children brush their teeth without being told to do so, it’s not enough if they’re not doing it the right way. Here is a quick step-by-step guide that can help them through the process. You can use it to help you teach them all about oral hygiene and how to brush their teeth in the morning and before bed.
– 8 Steps to Healthy Teeth And a Bright Smile –
• Step 1 – Grab your Toothbrush – You want to make sure that the toothbrush is yours, meaning you’re the only one who uses it, and that it’s in good condition. If it’s frayed or missing bristles, it’s time to replace it with a new one. Soft bristles are the best because they are gentler on your teeth. Once you’ve got your toothbrush ready, you can move on to the next step.
• Step 2 – Apply Toothpaste – Get your toothpaste ready to put onto your toothbrush. Check the tube to make sure it has fluoride in it. Fluoride toothpaste is better for teeth because it protects them from plaque. Add a pea sized amount of toothpaste onto your toothbrush and prepare to start brushing.
• Step 3 – Start Brushing – Before you start brushing, you need to position your toothbrush properly. Point the flat part of the brush at the space between your teeth and gums. You’ll want to pay careful attention to these areas because it’s a good place for plaque to hide. Brush each tooth using small, circular motions, concentrating on the space where the gum meets the tooth.
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• Step 4 – Brush Each Tooth – Gently brush each tooth as directed above, starting with your top teeth. Brush from left to right or from right to left to ensure that you clean each tooth properly. Then, move to the bottom teeth and repeat. Once you finish, go back to the beginning and brush the front of each tooth. Repeat the process until you have brushed the front, back, sides, and chewing surface of every tooth.
• Step 5 – Don’t Forget the Back Teeth – While you’re brushing, don’t forget about the teeth in the very back. They can be hard to reach, so don’t just assume that you’ve already brushed them. Always double check and deliberately brush these back teeth.
• Step 6 – Spit Out the Toothpaste – When you’re done brushing each tooth thoroughly, you can brush your tongue and spit out the toothpaste. Never swallow the toothpaste, because it contains a lot of the plaque and bacteria that you just brushed off your teeth and tongue. Plus, swallowing too much toothpaste is never good for you. You can also rinse your mouth out with water, and you’re done.
• Step 7 – Floss – If you want to have really good oral health, learn how to brush and floss your teeth every day. If you’re too young to floss or you don’t know how to do it, ask an adult to show you how to do it or even do it for you. Flossing helps get rid of plaque that hides between teeth, so it’s a very important step to keeping your mouth clean.
• Step 8 – Repeat – Make sure to follow these steps every day, morning and night. Also, be sure to brush your teeth for at least two minutes each time. In addition, visiting your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and checkup will keep your smile bright and your breath fresh.
Learning how to brush and floss isn’t easy for kids, but it gets easier if you make it a habit. Ensure that you and your children are brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, and be sure to encourage your kids to floss!
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Very useful tips, thank you very much! I believe that the best example for a child is his parents.
As a retired dentist, of course I was drawn to this article!! It is so important to get the kids started on a great habit!!
Oh my god, are you a dentist?? My worse nightmare is going to the dentists, but I do! I put my big girl panties on and pretend to be tough. LOL Yes, you are right, we can’t start too early to teach our kids how to look after their teeth properly, it is sometimes shocking to see toddlers with bad teeth already.