How to Teach Kids to Brush Teeth Young

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How To Teach Kids To Brush Teeth Young

Does your child know how to brush teeth? Maybe this post can help you to know what best to do at different ages and stages. If your looking for some helpful advice then read on.

As a child I remember going to the dentist. I absolutely loved it. Visiting the dental clinic for me was a fun and exciting outing for the family.  If you need a recommendation, you and your child can always get a healthy smile with the dentist in Greeneville.

We would get dressed, brush our teeth and then make the 30 minute walk into Barnsley town centre with my mum.

The waiting room had a distinctive smell to it and we excitedly waited to have our checkups. After the Dentist checked our teeth me and my sister would be given stickers for being brave, a new toothbrush and toothpaste and we were on our way.

As time went on however visiting the dentist was not as much fun. The older I got the more my visits were for fillings and dental treatment.

Dental treatments are important for preventing further tooth decay and damage to the teeth. Dental treatment can really help with confidence and self esteem.

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As a patient with Adrenal Insufficiency going to the Dentist can potentially be life threatening for me.

I do not make the stress hormone cortisol and therefore before treatment I need to take extra medication to help my body cope with any added stress on the body which would naturally come from dental treatment such as a filling.

In fact several times I have avoided treatment due to my health condition and I am overdue to visit my local dentist to check my teeth.

Although I am learning to manage my health condition, I do think if I had better knowledge of “how to look after my teeth” as a child I would not be needing as much treatment now as an adult and I would not feel so bad about the way my teeth look now.

Parents Need to Teach Kids to Brush Teeth

As a parent I have made an extra valiant effort to teach my daughter how to look after her teeth. Today I am sharing my top tips for teaching your children to look after their teeth from an early age.


Top Tips to Teaching Kids to Brush Teeth

Here are 5 Top tips to help get your child brushing their teeth no matter what age they are.

Teaching Infants to Brush Teeth – Start Young

As soon as your infant grows teeth you can help them to get them used to a toothbrush. Find an age appropriate soft-bristled toothbrush and simply add water to it to help your infant become familiar with putting a toothbrush in the mouth.

Teaching Toddlers To Brush Teeth – Ages 2-5 

For children aged 2 to 5 apply a small pea sized amount of toothpaste to your child’s toothbrush. Model to your child how to brush their teeth and let them watch and copy you. Brushing teeth together is a great way to set an example and show little ones that dental hygiene is important.

Teaching Children to Brush Teeth -Ages 6 Plus

Children aged 6 to 8 should be able to brush their teeth on their own. It is a good idea at this age to inspect and check that your child has brushed his or her teeth well and make sure they are reaching all areas in the mouth. This might also be a great age to introduce a battery powered toothbrush which can help to remove plaque from the teeth and gums.

Teach Kids to Floss

As soon as your child’s teeth are next to one another it is a great time to introduce flossing. You can purchase floss or flossing sticks suitable for kids from the supermarket and their are often fun flavours such as fruity floss if your child would prefer this to mint flavours. Using floss can help remove food which may have settled in between the teeth, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Teach Kids Long Term Habits

Helping our children develop good tooth brushing and flossing habits at a young age is the key to them developing long term oral hygiene habits. Even if you’ve not done as well as you would like start today. It’s never too late to get the kids brushing their teeth and the sooner they learn to care for their teeth the better for the long term future.

Angela x

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About Angela Milnes

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!

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  1. Great tips! I believe if I had been taught better oral care for my teeth at a young age my teeth would be in much better shape. My children were taught better and have better teeth. My grandchildren were then taught even better and their teeth are in great condition – so far. They also have limited sugar.

  2. Read a report today -mpre children are admitted to hospital for dental extraction than for broken bones!!
    Really need to get the dental message across

  3. Brushing teeth is the most important things to teach to our kids. While they are young we need to teach them to brush their teeth carefully.

  4. Between 6-8 the first adult molars appear – so it’s a time for parents to increase their vigilance until these teeth are fully erupted as these are the teeth that traditionally have had the most treatment.

  5. These are awesome teeth brushing tips for the kids! We are getting ready to see our pediatric dentist in Logan, UT soon so I am trying to teach our kids about the importance of taking care of their teeth. Thanks for sharing!!!

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