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How to teach your kids how to brush their teeth

Is your little one growing in teeth and approaching the age when they need to start taking care of them? Dentists recommend kids brush their teeth as early as 2-3 years old. It may seem overwhelming for your kids to focus on doing something as simple as brushing their teeth, but it is important to start good hygiene habits early. Do not worry. We have some tips and tricks on teaching kiddos how to brush their teeth. In this article, we cover the best way to teach your kids how to brush their teeth.

Start brushing their teeth for them

The first step to teaching your kids how to brush their teeth is to first brush their teeth for them. It’s a great way to demonstrate best practices for brushing their teeth. Learning is done by example. Here are a few refreshers on best practices for brushing your teeth.

  • Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line.
  • Move your toothbrush in small stokes back and forth
  • Brush in the morning and at night for 2 minutes each
  • Brush each tooth during every brushing session.
  • Remember to brush your tongue at the end!

Demonstrate brushing your teeth on yourself

One of the best ways to teach your kids how to brush their teeth is to brush your teeth along with them. See this as an opportunity to spend quality time with your child and show them how you brush your teeth. This mirroring technique will help your child gain a better understanding just from watching you.

Let the kids Try to brush their teeth on their own

Have your child brush their teeth first while you watch, and then do a quick follow-up, if necessary, to eliminate any lingering plaque. Using a mirror will help keep them on task and let them see what they are doing. Kids who do not brush their teeth on their own or at all will have a more difficult time picking up the technique when they are older!

Create a routine that they love

One way to do this is by using a children's toothbrush and tasty toothpaste. A child-sized toothbrush will fit in their mouth and be much more comfortable and easier for them to use. Get a toothbrush in their favorite color or one that has their favorite cartoon on it to get them excited about brushing their teeth. Use a timer or play one of their favorite songs to help them understand how long they should brush their teeth.


Thank you for following along. We hope this article was insightful for you. Let us know if was anything that you found helpful! Did you know that kids should start going to the dentist as early as they get their first tooth? Call us today to set up their appointment! We are looking forward to seeing your smile soon!

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