Regular brushing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to remove plaque from your child’s teeth. Katalina Ramirez, DDS, offers these tips for getting young children to brush their teeth regularly and with good form.
Have Fun: A parent’s attitude toward brushing can have a huge impact on how youngsters see it as well. So, when parents approach brushing in a fun and lively manner, children may tend to adopt that attitude as well, not seeing it as a chore they have to wince through.
Children Mimic: Very young children may not have the dexterity to brush effectively, but they can try their best to mimic what they see. Let them watch mommy and daddy brush their teeth, as they do their best to brush theirs as well.
Make It Easy: Be sure your child’s toothbrush is small and easy to handle with very soft bristles for fragile gums. Also, use a very small amount of toothpaste to avoid foam and make it easier to brush.
Katalina Ramirez, DDS, is a specialist in pediatric dentistry and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She maintains offices in her pediatric private practice in Redwood Shores, California.