Brushing is an important task that will thoroughly clean your smile each day, nourish and strengthen your teeth often, and prevent tooth decay as much as possible. Everyone needs to brush their teeth at least twice a day, even children. So, if it’s time to teach your child how to brush, we are here to help you.
How do I know my child is ready to learn how to brush?
Children are usually ready to start learning how to brush when they learn how to tie their shoes. All they need are the motor skills required to move the toothbrush. However, every child is different and you are the one who will know best. Generally, children start to learn how to brush when they start preschool.
How do I teach my child how to brush?
It’s best if you first try teaching your child how to brush by using observation and partnership. Demonstrate the process on your own smile and make sure you show your child every important step. Share how long you need to brush, how soft you need to brush, and how much you need to brush. Then, give your child their own toothbrush with a pea-sized dab of toothpaste on it. Have them brush alongside of you and help them whenever necessary.
Our team at Children's Crossing is here to help you in every way we can, so if you need help teaching your child how to brush, we encourage you to call 801.766.4900 and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We will be happy to give you the tips you need to help you teach your child how to properly brush. Dr. Michael Tew and our office staff looks forward to helping you!