So, your little one is finally sporting their own set of pearly whites which look perfectly beautiful, but did you know that more than 40% of children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten?
With tooth decay affecting so many kids, it’s time to give their teeth a better start by teaching them how to brush their teeth properly.
Until your child is around 2 or 3, it’s best to brush their teeth for them. Get into a routine once they have started teething to show them that this is a necessary task that needs to happen each day.
Make it fun by using a banana toothbrush to encourage your child to get scrubbing and get those pearly whites even whiter! Set up a reward chart so that they feel positive about each time they brush correctly.
Once they have the right amount of toothpaste, talk them through each step. Brush the insides of the teeth, then the outsides, then the top surfaces.
Make a game out of it by asking them to name or count all of their teeth to ensure they pay attention to each one.
Always finish a tooth brushing session by cleaning the tongue as this is where a lot of plaque-causing bacteria can reside.
Taking your child to see the dentist will help them to understand the importance of taking care of their teeth.
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