Do you know when you should start worrying about your child’s oral health? Did you know that you should start caring for your child’s mouth even before their first tooth erupts or that you should keep helping them until they’re old enough care for their smile on their own?
But what can you do if your child doesn’t like brushing their teeth? Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make brushing more enjoyable. Arguably, picking the right toothbrush for your child is the most important thing you can do to make brushing time safe and enjoyable. And since most dentists recommend getting a new toothbrush every few months, this is an important skill to master.
When you choose a toothbrush for your child remember to consider bristle strength and the size of the brush’s head. You should always choose a brush with soft bristles. Brushing too hard can damage teeth—whether you’re brushing your teeth or your child’s.
You should also choose a brush with a head small enough to fit comfortably in your child’s mouth. If your child isn’t comfortable when brushing, they won’t want to do it and their brushing won’t be as effective.
After you have a brush that works well for your child, try to make brushing time fun. Unfortunately, the excitement over a new rush could wear off fairly quickly. However, if you try showing your child a funny video while brushing, or sing while your child brushes, they may come to enjoy the experience. Similarly, you could let your child brush your teeth. They may learn from your positive response.
Overall, if you make your child want to brush, you could be establishing a solid foundation for a lifetime of oral health. If you would like to learn more about the right toothbrush for your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.