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.
Aside from using the right toothbrush, we recommend making brushing fun. For example, you could try singing with your child or watching fun videos while they brush. You could also try letting your child brush your teeth.
In reality, not all of these tricks will apply to every child. Each child is different—but making brushing time more enjoyable is possible. Of course, you know your child best.
Still, if you would like more ideas—or if you need to schedule your little one’s first dental visit—please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will gladly answer any questions you have.