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Seven simple steps for helping your kid's smile to shine

Jan 10, 2012

Training your child on developing good brushing habits isn’t rocket science but like the cultivation of most good habits, it takes a little effort and persistence. With conscious effort and parental monitoring, you can help ensure that your child develops good oral hygiene habits at an early age that will serve them a lifetime.


1. Like adults, children should brush twice daily for two to three minutes, ideally early in the morning and before going to bed. Schedule your child’s nighttime brushing before they get too tired. If your child usually nods off at 9:00, have them do their nightly brushing/flossing at 8:15 or 8:30. Children are always more cooperative before the Sandman comes knocking.

2. Flossing should begin when two teeth touch each other. Have your dentist show you the right flossing technique and schedule.

3. Plan to help your children until they start first grade. Experts note that children often don’t have the fine motor skills to brush until about age 6 and they can’t floss capably until around age 10.

4. Learn what motivates your child. Younger children may gladly brush for gold stars on a chart or stickers of their favorite TV characters. Offering treats like cookies or candy would be counterproductive.

5. Involve your child with their dental habits in an age-appropriate manner. For instance, a younger child may want to pick their own toothpaste from options you approve. Same with toothbrushes. You may offer them a choice of toothbrushes that are decorated with their favorite cartoon character, are brightly colored or has their favorite color.

6. Ask your dentist how early your child can begin using mouthwash. As a rule, rinsing isn’t advised until the child knows to spit the mouth rinse out.

7. Set a good example yourself by brushing daily and flossing regularly.



Source:  Web MD


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