Turn Brushing Time Into Play Time!
For babies and small children, brushing can be challenging. Parent participation and silliness may be the answer to overcoming the challenge. Does your child burst into laughter if you stick out your tongue or make funny faces? Use these techniques and other goofiness to show them oral care time is fun.
Start them off as babies to build good habits that last a lifetime. Following feeding and before nap and bedtime, clean their tongue and mouth with Tooth and Gum Wipes to get them accustomed to having you help. Rather than seeming invasive, try combining this with a scalp rub for a soothing, pre-sleep bonding ritual.
Once the first tooth shows, use a finger brush with a rice-sized smear of toothpaste to help it grow healthy and strong. Finger brushing is an ideal time for story-telling and make-believe. Take turns growing the story with new characters and adventures.There are toothpastes specially designed for children, that are safe to swallow, until they get the hang of spitting out. Many children prefer little or no flavor in their toothpaste, as opposed to the strong mint flavors found in most adult toothpastes. Experiment with different flavors, to find their favorite, or simply mix up the routine.
As they grow and assert their independence (and you know they will!), let them brush on their own, as you brush alongside. Use a silly song or groove to a favorite video to work up to the 2-minute goal. Using a sand timer helps to extend the brushing for a full two minutes, as recommended. For a resistant brusher, try using the time to let them show off their counting skills or practice their alphabet.
Flossing should start as soon as they have two teeth together. As manual dexterity is limited at this early age, using a pre-loaded flosser is a great learning tool. Although made for a single use, there are brands available that are compostable and made of recycled materials.
Rinsing and spitting a mouthwash takes coordination. Until that time comes, use Teeth & Gums Spray to complete your child’s oral routine.
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