Kool Smiles Reviews How to Teach Kids to Brush

As soon as a child gets his or her first tooth, parents should begin cleaning the tooth daily with a soft cloth or soft bristle toothbrush. As children get older and begin brushing their own teeth, they should brush twice a day. Below, Kool Smiles reviews how to teach kids to brush with a few simple tips.

5 Tips for Getting Children to Brush Their Teeth

Although children’s baby teeth fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth, caring for their baby teeth is still highly important to their oral hygiene and overall health. In the following list, Kool Smiles — a network of dental practices focusing on the dental treatment of children — reviews five ways to get kids to brush their teeth.

  1. Encourage children to brush with a parent. Small children like to imitate the things they see their parents do. By brushing teeth with their child, parents can lead by example and show children that brushing can be fun!
  2. Let kids pick out their own toothbrush. Toothbrushes come in all sorts of colors and designs, and allowing children to pick out a toothbrush that they like can make brushing their teeth a more positive experience.
  3. Consider games or music. There are all kinds of ways parents can make brushing teeth more fun for children. Aquafresh recommends downloading the I Love Brushing my Teeth song and playing it while children brush. Not only does this make brushing seem more fun for the child, it also encourages them to brush their teeth for at least two minutes.
  4. Reward kids for brushing their teeth. One way to reward children is to make a reward chart. The chart can track each time the child properly brushes his or her teeth, and a good brushing track record can lead to a prize at the end of the week.
  5. Make children feel comfortable. For young children, the concept of teeth brushing can be intimidating. To help children feel more comfortable, parents can have them “brush” their stuffed animal’s teeth, tell them stories about how teeth brushing helps get rid of the germs living in their mouths or simply talk them through the process so they know what to expect when they brush their teeth for the first time.

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