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What Age Do You Let Your Child Begin to Help Brush Their Teeth?

Posted on 6/10/2017 by Cynthia Pelley
A young boy with a orange toothbrush.
Allowing your child to help brush their teeth is something a lot of parents are unsure of. They think they should wait until their child is old enough to do it on their own to really let them help. Most pediatric dentists would disagree.

They would tell you that the more active your child tries to be in the process, the better it is for them.

Allow brushing to be a fun and interactive process, as this gets your child engaged in their own self-care.

Tips for Letting Your Child Help with Their Oral Hygiene Routine

Let your child start helping as early as they appear interested. Set a routine with them. First, mommy or daddy will brush and get the yucky stuff off of their teeth, then they can help remove the rest and help to brush their tongue!

Make it into a game. See if they can get everything off of their tongue and teeth through having fun. That will make them more apt to keep up with their oral health as they grow, too.

Get fun toothbrushes for your child. Make brushing into something they look forward to. Find a toothbrush that sings or has their favorite character on the handle. That way, they can help by holding a friend, or pushing the button to get the song started. The more fun brushing appears to them, the more actively they will participate.

If your child struggles with brushing, contact our office. The only way to be able to make up the difference in their oral health is to make sure their dentist is aware that brushing isn't something they find fun.

That way, more steps can be taken to prevent problems down the line with cavities and other maladies.

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