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Plunkett Dental has Relocated
Our New Location is:
2137 E County Rd 540A
Lakeland, FL 33813
We are in the Publix shopping center on the corner of 540A and Lakeland Highlands Rd.

Tips for Teaching Your Child How to Brush

Posted on 3/1/2024 by Weo Admin
Father brushing teeth with daughter after they made an appointment at Thomas Plunkett, DMD in Lakeland, FLEstablishing a healthy oral hygiene routine early in life is crucial for overall well-being. Brushing twice daily helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. But teaching your child how to brush effectively can be a challenge. Here are some tips to make the process fun and ensure your little one develops good brushing habits:

Start Early and Make It Fun

Start teaching your child to brush their teeth when the first one comes in. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste designed for children. Let them explore the toothbrush and practice brushing on a stuffed animal or doll before moving on to their own teeth. Sing songs, tell stories, or make up silly voices to keep them engaged.

Lead By Example

Children learn best by observing, so brush your teeth with your child twice daily. This reinforces the importance of brushing and allows you to demonstrate proper technique. Let them see you using the correct amount of toothpaste, angling the brush at a 45-degree angle, and brushing all surfaces of each tooth.

Make It a Collaborative Effort

Let your child choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste, as long as they are age-appropriate and dentist-approved. This gives them a sense of ownership and makes brushing more enjoyable. Encourage them to pick their favorite flavor or a toothbrush with a fun design.

Turn Brushing Into a Game

Use a timer to make brushing a two-minute adventure. Set it for the recommended brushing time and challenge your child to brush all their teeth before the timer goes off. You can even play music or sing songs together to make the time fly by.

Positive Reinforcement Is Key

Focus on praising the efforts your child makes rather than criticizing mistakes. Celebrate their progress, no matter how small. Encourage them to keep practicing and remind them that brushing keeps their smile healthy and bright.

Want to learn more? Consult our dentist for personalized guidance on age-appropriate brushing techniques and oral care products for your child. With the right approach, you can set your child on the path to a lifetime of healthy, confident smiles.

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2137 E County Rd 540A
Lakeland, FL 33813-3794


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