As early as now, as young as your kid is, it's vital to instill proper dental hygiene habits, so that your kid will grow up having healthy pearls that will shine bright with every smile. Below are some tips on how to brush your kid's teeth and make it second nature to your child.
Put Your Kid In A Comfortable Position
Make sure that your kid is in a comfortable position while you're brushing his/her teeth. You can stand behind your child and reach your arms around to help him/her get those little pearls cleaned. If your child is in an awkward and tiring position, he/she will not enjoy the process.
Use Toothbrush With Gentle Bristles
You can't expect your kid to enjoy brushing if it isn't comfortable or if it causes pain during the process. It is necessary to find a toothbrush that comes with gentle bristles. The bristles should be soft so that your child won't hurt his/her gums or experience pain while brushing. The toothbrush should also be specifically designed for kids. It should be small enough to fit into your child's mouth but big enough to clean the entire mouth.
Put A Small Amount Of Toothpaste
Unlike you, your child doesn't need too much toothpaste on the toothbrush. A pea-sized blob would do. If you put too much toothpaste, this will result in too much foam that can annoy your kid and interfere with brushing. Also, if the toothpaste is ingested by your kid, the fluoride in it can make him/her sick.
Make Use of a Timer
According to family dentists, brushing teeth should be done for three minutes. This would ensure that the teeth are cleaned thoroughly. To get this timing right, use a simple timer like a digital stopwatch or sand timer so that your kid would know when it's time to stop brushing the teeth. Don't use the same timeout timer that you use for punishing your kid, so that your kid won't make a negative association around this brushing activity.
Don't Forget To Brush The Back Of The Teeth
While the front surfaces of your kid's teeth are thoroughly brushed, the back part may be neglected. Don't let that happen. As you know, this is where cavities tend to form. Also pay attention to the chewing surfaces of the teeth located at the rear. These are where you'll find food particles stuck.
End With A Thorough Rinse
Even if you brushed your kid's teeth carefully, if he/she doesn't rinse his/her mouth well, the bacteria would remain in there. Gargle water three times after brushing. It's also ideal to use mouthwash liquid designed for kids. See to it that your child doesn't swallow the fluoride-based toothpaste, as this can result in a condition called fluoritis, which is characterized by white spots on the teeth. Gargle water three times after using mouthwash.
From time to time, you need to floss your child's teeth. Flossing should be done at least four times a week. It can also be done everyday if food tends to get stuck in between your kid's teeth.