2 Ways That You Can Help Your Child Brush Their Teeth

When you have kids, you know that there are things that are difficult to do. Getting them to brush their teeth, wash their faces, or take a bath can be just some of those things. However, all of those things are necessary for them to do. Learning to brush their teeth regularly and making sure that they are getting regular checkups from their dentist will make sure that their mouth stays healthy all their lives. So, how can you help your child learn to brush their teeth?

1.  Start Early

Until your child starts getting teeth, you really don't have to do much. But, once they start cutting teeth, you want to start keeping those teeth clean. There are several good reasons for you to start early.

One of them is that if you are cleaning their teeth for them before they can even remember anything else happening, it will never be something other than part of their routine. When your child is just starting cutting their teeth, all you really need is a soft cloth and some water.

Get the cloth damp, and then gently rub it against their tooth or teeth and gums. That will get rid of anything on the tooth and can even soothe sore gums where new teeth are coming in. You don't want to use toothpaste until your child is around 18 months old. 

2.  Create a Routine

Another thing that will help you teach your child to brush their teeth is to create a routine around brushing their teeth. For example, you could have a song that you sing while brushing their teeth or have a special cup that your child can use when they rinse after brushing their teeth and is only used at that time. You could even try having a silly story that you tell them when it's time to brush their teeth, with a little more every time they do it. 

All of these things, as well as any others you might come up with, can help make brushing their teeth a pleasant time and one that doesn't have to turn into a fight. Having those routines or rituals surrounding brushing their teeth can come in handy when you are on a trip or away from home because you can still use those things to help your child. 

If you have a child, you know that you are going to have to fight with them to get them to do all the things that they have to do. There are things that you can do that will make it easier on you and your child. For more information, contact a kids' dentistry office.