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Correct Technique of Brushing Your Toddler’s Teeth
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Parents are the first role models of the child and children adore the act of mimicking them. They are incredibly sharp at picking up things from looking at adults, and parents must use this to their advantage. This will instill a healthy brushing habit in kids from an early age. kids need to be armed with the correct brushing technique which will help them keep troubles at bay.

Encourage Brushing:

It is important that you teach your children how to brush their teeth correctly. Let them see how much fun you are having while doing it. This will encourage them to pick up their tooth brush and join in too. The next thing you need to do is teach them the right technique to brush their teeth clean.

Young kids will need some supervision up to the age of six. It is also recommended that an adult gives the teeth a final brush after the child has finished.

Kids should be introduced to the twice-a-day brushing ritual early. An age-specific toothbrush and toothpaste along with the correct brushing technique are also important.

Appealing Apparatus:

Buy your little ones the same colour toothbrush as you have, or try an electric one, which may be more entertaining for them. The toothbrush that you pick should not be too hard and should have a small head so that it fits into the tiny mouth of babies. Take your child along while picking a toothbrush for him/her. That way the child feels involved and will cooperate for tooth brushing.

The Technique:

A systematic and appropriate age specific brushing technique is very important for effective oral hygiene. Avoid horizontal scrubbing with too much pressure.

Here’s an easy guide to brush young children’s teeth that involves teaching parents and kids how to brush.

1. Smear a pea-sized amount of low-flouride toothpaste onto a soft children’s toothbrush.

2. Sit the child in your lap, facing away from you, or stand behind taller children. Tilt the child’s head back against your body so you can see all the surfaces of the teeth.

3. Angle the bristles of the toothbrush towards the gum. Move the brush in gentle circles to clean the outer sides of the teeth and gums. Wiggle gently back and forth, repeat for each tooth. For upper teeth, have the child extend their head right back.

4. Brush in gentle circles on the inside of the teeth and gums.

5. Brush backward and forward on the chewing surface of the teeth. Do not forget to gently brush the tongue and gum line.

6. After brushing all the surfaces, encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste. The teeth can also be flossed regularly once two teeth are touching. Use waxed floss tied in a circle. Ask your child to lie down and open the mouth wide, and floss between all teeth that are touching.

Oral Maintenance:

Toothbrushes should be replaced every three-four months, or when the bristles get worn or frayed. Red and swollen gums and a furry or sticky white film over the teeth (plaque) are signs that your child’s teeth are not being brushed correctly.

We have the kids bring their favourite stuffed animal or doll to the clinic, and let them brush their toys’ teeth as well as their own. A game is created with the younger kids where the child’s toothbrush is a superhero who needs to rescue each tooth from the plaque monsters.

To help your kids brush for the recommended two minutes, give them an egg timer to count down the time. We usually start a sand timer and ask the kids to brush till all the sand fills into the other half. This proves to be an engaging activity for kids while brushing.

But if your child continues to resist brushing properly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re having brushing stress at home with your kids, take them to a dentist and let them hear the instructions from someone other than a parent.

Parents are the first role models of the child and children adore the act of mimicking them. They are incredibly sharp at picking up things from looking at adults, and parents must use this to their advantage. This will instill a healthy brushing habit in kids from an early age.

Encourage Brushing:

It is important that you teach your children how to brush their teeth correctly. Let them see how much fun you are having while doing it. This will encourage them to pick up their tooth brush and join in too. The next thing you need to do is teach them the right technique to brush their teeth clean.

Young kids will need some supervision up to the age of six. It is also recommended that an adult gives the teeth a final brush after the child has finished.

Kids should be introduced to the twice-a-day brushing ritual early. An age-specific toothbrush and toothpaste along with the correct brushing technique are also important.

Appealing Apparatus:

Buy your little ones the same colour toothbrush as you have, or try an electric one, which may be more entertaining for them. The toothbrush that you pick should not be too hard and should have a small head so that it fits into the tiny mouth of babies. Take your child along while picking a toothbrush for him/her. That way the child feels involved and will cooperate for tooth brushing.

The Technique:

A systematic and appropriate age specific brushing technique is very important for effective oral hygiene. Avoid horizontal scrubbing with too much pressure.

Here’s an easy guide to brush young children’s teeth that involves teaching parents and kids how to brush.

1. Smear a pea-sized amount of low-flouride toothpaste onto a soft children’s toothbrush.

2. Sit the child in your lap, facing away from you, or stand behind taller children. Tilt the child’s head back against your body so you can see all the surfaces of the teeth.

3. Angle the bristles of the toothbrush towards the gum. Move the brush in gentle circles to clean the outer sides of the teeth and gums. Wiggle gently back and forth, repeat for each tooth. For upper teeth, have the child extend their head right back.

4. Brush in gentle circles on the inside of the teeth and gums.

5. Brush backward and forward on the chewing surface of the teeth. Do not forget to gently brush the tongue and gum line.

6. After brushing all the surfaces, encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste. The teeth can also be flossed regularly once two teeth are touching. Use waxed floss tied in a circle. Ask your child to lie down and open the mouth wide, and floss between all teeth that are touching.

Oral Maintenance:

Toothbrushes should be replaced every three-four months, or when the bristles get worn or frayed. Red and swollen gums and a furry or sticky white film over the teeth (plaque) are signs that your child’s teeth are not being brushed correctly.

We have the kids bring their favourite stuffed animal or doll to the clinic, and let them brush their toys’ teeth as well as their own. A game is created with the younger kids where the child’s toothbrush is a superhero who needs to rescue each tooth from the plaque monsters.

To help your kids brush for the recommended two minutes, give them an egg timer to count down the time. We usually start a sand timer and ask the kids to brush till all the sand fills into the other half. This proves to be an engaging activity for kids while brushing.

But if your child continues to resist brushing properly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re having brushing stress at home with your kids, take them to a dentist and let them hear the instructions from someone other than a parent.

 

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