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8 Tips on Helping Your Kids Brush Their Teeth

Posted on 7/31/2017 by OPDSF Office
Orthodontics Pediatric Dentistry - OPDSF can help teach children important oral health tips.
It is important that oral hygiene starts early in life. Here are some tips on how to help your kids learn brush their teeth and develop good dental health habits:

Set an example

Brush your teeth while your child brushes their teeth to help create positive reinforcement around brushing since they will have a person they look up to as an example.


When learning to brush, your child will need supervision to make sure they are brushing properly. As they start to brush on their own, keep supervising for a while to make sure they are brushing with proper technique.

2 and 2 rule

Your child should be brushing for two minutes two times a day. To help them know how long to brush their teeth, you can get them a timer and set it for two minutes each time they brush.

Don't forget the floss

Flossing should start as soon as two teeth are next to each other. Your child might need your help with this even after they start brushing on their own, since flossing requires some extra dexterity.

Let them pick out their oral hygiene tools

Let your child choose their new toothbrush and toothpaste when you go shopping. Toothbrushes and toothpastes can come in fun colors and can have their favorite characters on them.

Visualize their progress

Using a sticker chart can help track your child's progress and show them how much they’ve accomplished! As a reward for their progress, you could plan a special outing or fun family activity.

Talk about the importance

Have continuing conversations with your kids about why dental health is important. Reading books on the subject can help you talk about why we need to brush our teeth and keep up other good oral hygiene habits.

Keep it fun

Make tooth bushing fun by playing a song your child likes when it is time to brush their teeth. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at Orthodontics: (415) 681-8500 Pediatric Office: (415) 661-8383.
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