Some parents want to make brushing as simple as possible, so they try using electric toothbrushes on their kids from a young age. This can be alright, if done carefully. However, for kids to learn the proper way to brush, they should learn how to manipulate a standard toothbrush first. This way, they know how to keep their teeth clean on their own, instead of relying on a device to do it for them.
Teaching Kids How to Brush
The best way to teach kids how to brush is to do it for them at first, and then to do it with them. When you brush your teeth, let them come into the bathroom with you and watch. They will feel what you do when you brush for them, and compare it to what they see you do. This will help them learn the right ways to brush, including about how long it should take them.
Kids can learn a lot by being an active part of your oral hygiene routine. Let them floss alongside you when you do it. Even if they aren’t doing it quite right, let them try. Just be there to help them correct mistakes and prevent injuries. If your mouthwash is alcohol-free, let them swish that if they are old enough to understand how to spit it out. You just want to make sure they do not swallow any, as that can upset their stomachs.
If you want to allow your child to begin using an electric toothbrush, make sure they understand the concept of brushing their teeth properly first. This way, even if the battery runs out on their toothbrush, you can rest assured they know what to do to help keep their teeth clean. For more information on electronic toothbrush usage for kids, ask their pediatric dentists.
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