If you are lucky, your child is happy to brush his or her teeth. However, for many parents, getting their child to brush can be a real chore. But your child needs to brush his or her teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time to make sure that he or she has a healthy smile that will last him or her for a lifetime.
Our dentist, Dr. Dorothy Pang can help you find ways to help your child to brush his or her teeth, but here are a few tips you can use to avoid the brushing battle. Let your child pick out his or her own toothbrush and toothpaste. He or she might want to choose a toothbrush in his or her favorite color, or shaped like a favorite superhero or cartoon character. Toothpastes come in all sorts of kid-friendly flavors, so as long as the toothpaste contains fluoride, why not let him or her pick out his or her own? Another good idea is to buy him or her a special toothbrush and let him or her practice brushing the teeth of a doll, action figure or stuffed animal. You might want to play music or sing songs when it is time to brush. This can be helpful for teaching your child how to brush his or her teeth for two minutes. You can also use plenty of praise and encouragement to get him or her to brush, and small stickers and rewards can work wonders. Perhaps the best thing you can do is to set a good example by brushing your own teeth. You might even want to consider brushing your teeth with your child to make it a family activity.
If you need a little help getting your child to brush his or her teeth in San Francisco, California, or if it is just time for his or her regular cleaning and exam, why not make an appointment to visit our office? You can call 415-692-6670 today. We look forward to seeing you and your child at OPDSF Pediatric.