Getting your child to brush their teeth sounds simple enough, right? But if you've ever had to hold a struggling toddler down to brush their teeth than you know it's easier said than done. For whatever reason, some kids just hate to brush or have their teeth brushed. However, the alternative of not brushing leads to a whole host of problems like rotten teeth.
Get Them Started Early
To establish good oral habits in your child, start cleaning their teeth from the start. In fact, the American Dental Association suggests that you begin cleaning your baby's mouth the first few days after birth. The ADA recommends that you take a wet washcloth and clean your baby's gums after each feeding.
After those first teeth appear, take a cotton ball and gently clean each tooth. Your baby will become accustomed to you cleaning their teeth and will be less resistant as they get older.
Follow these Rules
Most children don't have the capacity to correctly brush their teeth until the age of six and need your assistance. When brushing your child's teeth remember. . .
Make it Fun!
Many children just don't like to brush their teeth because it isn't fun or takes away time from more desirable activities. Try and make brushing their teeth a fun activity.
Remember instilling good brushing habits now will stay with your child for the rest of their life and preserve those beautiful smiles that parents love so much!
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