Everyone brushes their teeth. But are you and your kids doing it correctly? Learn how to brush your teeth properly with these four easy steps, and you’ll be more confident teaching good dental hygiene habits to your kids.
Use the Right Toothbrush
First things first. It’s important to have the right toothbrush. For your child that means finding a toothbrush that is designed for kids.
Kids toothbrushes typically have a smaller brush head, with soft bristles and a handle to accommodate tiny hands and mouths. You’ll also need to decide if your child will use a manual or electric toothbrush. Once you pick a toothbrush (or help your child pick one out), you can move on to the next step.
Use a Kid-Friendly Toothpaste.
Since little kids are growing and may not know how to keep from swallowing toothpaste while brushing their teeth, it’s key to have a child-friendly toothpaste and to use the right amount. Make sure to follow the instructions on the toothpaste container to make sure your child isn’t using too much (usually a pea-sized amount is all little ones need!).
Kids toothpaste can have varying amounts of fluoride – and some are fluoride-free. Plus, they can come in fun scents or flavors, like Strawberry or Bubble Gum, to help get your kids excited about the tooth brushing process.
Brush Teeth for Two Minutes.
Once you’ve chosen a toothbrush and toothpaste for your child, it’s time to start brushing! Help your child brush their teeth back and forth while making tiny circles with your brush. Be sure to remind them not to apply too much pressure. Brushing should be a gentle cleaning process.
Brush the top teeth and the bottom teeth – and don’t forget to get the ones in the back. Make sure to also brush the sides, tops and backs of every tooth. Keep brushing for at least two minutes twice a day, and don’t forget to have your child spit out the toothpaste at the end!
Make Toothbrushing Fun.
There are several benefits of brushing teeth. Teaching your kids healthy dental habits young can help prepare them for a lifetime of oral health. But getting your little ones to brush their teeth can be a struggle at first.
Try to make the experience fun and engaging by introducing simple games, songs, or make it a game with a teeth brushing chart. A great place to start is with Tooth Fairy in a Box. It includes everything you need to help make brushing teeth a magical experience for your child – now and in the future.