Developing Good Brushing Habits

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Practicing dental hygiene is a must — anyone who’s been kissed can agree to that. Yet while you hope your child won’t be snogging for roughly the next 20 years, starting down the road to good oral health is a necessity with your children while they’re still young.

That’s why at Children's Dental Care & Orthodontics, we want to ensure the teeth-brushing (and flossing) training goes as calmly as possible for you and your kiddos. We believe that with these tips, they’ll build habits that will last for a lifetime.

-Make sure to use the correct-sized toothbrush for them. A child will do the best brushing if they have a smaller toothbrush with soft bristles since their mouth, gums, and teeth are budding and sensitive.

-Don’t give your child too much toothpaste. Using too much – or in some cases any – can make children vomit, so never apply more than a small drop of toothpaste to their toothbrush. You can even make toothpaste optional until your child gets the hang of using the toothbrush.

-Enjoy it! Allow your child to dance around, listen to music or do something else they can enjoy while brushing their teeth. Using teeth-brushing as a penalty can often lead to a phobia or oral neglect down the road, so try to make time brushing teeth as enjoyable as safely possible for your little one.

Are you ready to help your children start learning healthy oral hygiene? Give us a call at 702-254-8858 now to set up a visit with our office in Las Vegas, Nevada, Children's Dental Care & Orthodontics.