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Oral hygiene is vital for people of all ages, even children! This is why it is so important for you to teach your child how to scrub their chompers at an early age. If they learn in early childhood, they will know how to care for their smile for years to come.

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?
You can teach your child how to brush by using observation and by working together. Start by getting down to eye level with your child. Then, start brushing your own teeth in a slow and smooth way. Explain the process of scrubbing each tooth and make sure to mention how long they should brush. Next, give your child a child toothbrush with a pea-sized dab of toothpaste on it. Have your child gently brush their own teeth just like you have shown them. You can then brush alongside them and help them when necessary.

If these tips aren’t helpful, we encourage you to call Riverside Dental today at 904.355.5531 and ask any questions you have. We are here to help you, and we have the tips and advice you need to successfully teach your child how to clean their smile each day. So, if you would like to know more or if you would like Dr. Michael Spencer to demonstrate the proper way to brush, call us today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you!